Documenta Ophthalmologica

, Volume 93, Issue 1–2, pp 49–59 | Cite as

Paul-Ferdinand Gachet's unpublished manuscriptOphthalmia in the Armies of Europe

  • James Ravin
  • Pierre Amalric


Paul-Ferdinand Gachet was a close friend and physician of many famous artists who lived in France toward the end of the 19th century. He was van Gogh's last physician, and Vincent painted Gachet's portrait on two occasions. The first of these paintings has become the most expensive painting ever sold at a public auction.

Gachet's manuscript on the subject of military ophthalmia has never been published. Only one copy is known to exist. Although the content of the manuscript is not exceptional, Gachet's significance makes dissemination of his writing important.

Key words

trachoma military ophthalmia van Gogh ophthalmic history 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James Ravin
    • 1
  • Pierre Amalric
    • 2
  1. 1.ToledoUSA
  2. 2.AlbiFrance

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