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December 1987

Twenty-five Years of Vision: The Story of Bascom-Palmer Eye Institute

Arch Ophthalmol. 1987;105(12):1643. doi:10.1001/archopht.1987.01060120041016

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The Bascom-Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, is unique in many ways. Unlike most of the other great eye centers, which have long histories of slow but sustained growth, often developing from "acorns" planted in the 19th century, this center has burst into bloom in the course of the past 25 years. As part of the Bascom-Palmer's 25th anniversary celebration, the institution has published an attractive and interesting book annotating and commemorating its history.

" '... a story of a phenomenon occurring in this generation.' "

This is not a formal history in the usual sense, but rather something of a scrapbook documenting the background, construction, and coming of age of the people and facilities that make up this institution. The leading character in this story is, of course, Edward W. D. Norton, MD. Dr Norton sets the tone for this history in his preface: The story of the first 25 years of the history

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