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December 1991

The History of Ophthalmology, vol 9, The First and Second Half of the Nineteenth Century (Parts 6, 7, and 8)

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Boston, Mass

Arch Ophthalmol. 1991;109(12):1657. doi:10.1001/archopht.1991.01080120039018

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Publication of the final volumes of Prof Frederick C. Blodi's translation of Julius Hirschberg's monumental The History of Ophthalmology has resumed with the issuance of volume 9, which describes the development of ophthalmology in the United States, Switzerland, and Belgium. The first 200 pages are devoted to a history of American ophthalmology and are probably the most interesting and relevant of any of the Hirschberg volumes to the practicing American ophthalmologist.

At the beginning of the book, Hirschberg notes that this portion was written in 1914 and 1915, and acknowledges his debt to Harry Friedenwald and Alvin Hubbell with regard to historical publications of Americans. Hirschberg also relied on his Centralblatt fur Augen-heilkunde and on his library for evaluation of American publications. Finally, Hirschberg made three trips to the United States (the last in 1905) and noted: "This is a much better way to learn about the ophthalmic conditions

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