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December 1987

The History of Ophthalmology, vol 7: The First Half of the 19th Century: III. France

Arch Ophthalmol. 1987;105(12):1643-1644. doi:10.1001/archopht.1987.01060120041017

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The History of Ophthalmology, vol 8a: The First Half of the 19th Century: IV. Great Britain (a), by Julius Hirschberg, translated by Frederick C. Blodi, 406 pp, with illus, Bonn, West Germany, JP Wayenborgh Verlag, 1987, $98.

The two latest volumes of Professor Blodi's translation of Hirschberg's monumental The History of Ophthalmology continue to maintain the high standards of the earlier parts. Volume 7, which traces the development of ophthalmology in France during the first half of the 19th century, opens with the quotation by the famous Parisian surgeon Sabatier that the French Revolution of 1792 "toppled everything, not only the throne of the King of France, but also the chair of the professor and the bench of the students." However, of the 18 medical schools that existed in France at that time, only those of Paris and Montpellier enjoyed good reputations. The drastic changes invoked by the revolution were

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