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January 1992

History of Ophthalmology 3

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Worcester, Mass

Arch Ophthalmol. 1992;110(1):23. doi:10.1001/archopht.1992.01080130025016

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This paperback has the appearance of a journal and is, in fact, a reprint of the third issue of Documenta Ophthalmologica that is devoted to the subject of ophthalmic history. There are 14 articles in three categories: biographies of famous ophthalmologists and visual scientists, history of ideas in ophthalmology and visual science, and ophthalmology in art and literature. Most of the authors are European, the single exception being Texan Charles Barnes, who provides an essay on William Osler.

The articles range from the anecdotal to the erudite. At one extreme is a biographic sketch of the Polish ophthalmologist and priest, Fr Waclaw Szuniewicz. A man who spoke seven languages and single-handedly examined more than 145 000 patients each year while performing more than 5000 surgical procedures is certainly worthy of note. His single (posthumous) contribution to the literature concerned experimental refractive surgery.

"The articles range from the anecdotal to the

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