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April 1991

Ophthalmology—Oral History Series—A Link with Our Past: An Interview With Thomas David Duane, MD

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Philadelphia, Pa

Arch Ophthalmol. 1991;109(4):478. doi:10.1001/archopht.1991.01080040046018

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This book is part of the recent series of interviews with selected leaders in ophthalmology inaugurated in 1986 by the Oral Histories Committee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. There are introductory comments by individuals who worked closely with Dr Duane during his long and illustrious career. These are followed by several detailed interviews conducted by Sally S. Hughes, PhD, at the Duane farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The first interview, entitled "Family Background and Education," begins with a vivid account of how his German and Irish ancestors settled in America and opened a small tea and coffee shop in Peoria, Ill, which eventually expanded into a large business venture. His father left the business to obtain a formal education, completed medical school, and later studied ophthalmology under Dr Ernst Fuchs in Vienna, Austria.

"... noteworthy for all ophthalmologists interested in the recent history of our specialty..."

Tom eventually went

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