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Obituary
May 2012

In Memoriam: Goodwin M. Breinin, MD (1918-2011)

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Ophthalmology, NYU Medical Center, New York.

Arch Ophthalmol. 2012;130(5):559. doi:10.1001/archophthalmol.2012.3

Goodwin M. Breinin, MD, passed away peacefully at his home on December 14, 2011, at the age of 93 years. He is best remembered as the Daniel B. Kirby Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, New York University (NYU) Medical Center, from 1959 to 2000, serving for 41 years.

After receiving his medical degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr Breinin served in the Army for 2 years during World War II. Following residency at NYU, he became Professor of Research Ophthalmology there, specializing in clinical motility and neurophysiology of extraocular muscle. A world-renowned expert in ophthalmic electromyography, his classic monograph on the subject, published by the American Ophthalmological Society in 1960, was based on the research performed at his Bellevue laboratory. Among his feats was the insertion of a needle into his own medial rectus, monitoring its electrical patterns. Asked why he chose to study ocular motility, he mused that it was the most challenging of all the ocular subspecialties.

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