Foundations of Ophthalmology

Great Insights that Established the Discipline

  • Michael F. Marmor
  • Daniel M. Albert

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Michael F. Marmor
    Pages 23-34
  3. Gerald A. Fishman, Marlene Fishman
    Pages 65-75
  4. Ronald S. Fishman
    Pages 117-128
  5. Jasmine H. Francis
    Pages 145-155
  6. Michael F. Marmor, Balder P. Gloor
    Pages 157-167
  7. Monte D. Mills, Graham E. Quinn
    Pages 183-197
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 209-221

About this book


There have been books over the years discussing the history of ophthalmology, but none that focus directly on just the most critical thinkers whose insights provided the foundation for the discipline. These men and women advanced knowledge about vision, diagnosis, disease mechanisms, and therapy through innovative thinking and perseverance against old ideas. Their stories are intriguing at a personal level and for showing the complexity of advancing medical science and, therefore, should be required reading for anyone practicing ophthalmology.  

Foundations of Ophthalmology includes giants such as Young (the nature of color and light), Braille (a practical reading system for the blind), Helmholtz (development of the ophthalmoscope), von Graefe (defining glaucoma), Curie (discovery of radiation and the basis of radiation therapy), Gonin (demonstration how to cure retinal detachment), Ridley (serendipity that led to intraocular lenses), and Kelman (development of phacoemulsification that revolutionized cataract surgery). 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Michael F. Marmor
    • 1
  • Daniel M. Albert
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Ophthalmology, Byers Eye Institute Stanford University School of MedicinePalo AltoUSA
  2. 2.OHSU, Casey Eye InstitutePortlandUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-59640-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-59641-9
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