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People of Vision

The Unique History of Ophthalmology in South Texas

edited by: W.A.J. Van Heuven
written by: D. Kleiner

Price: € 110.00 / US $ 143.00

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Publication details: Book. 2008. ix and 422 pages. Publication date: 2008-12-01. A4 format. Many images. Hardbound.
A4 (8.3x11.7 in).

ISBN: 978-90-6299-430-4 (ISBN 10: 90-6299-430-X; Wayenborgh Publishing)


12 chapters / 71 illustrations / 498 pages / an incredible historic
resource spanning the years 1500-1990 / dedicated to john l. Mathews, m.d.

Development of the ophthalmology specialty in South Texas
  • Texan, American West, and Mexican history
  • The influence of the Civil War, World War I and World War II
  • European influences, especially German (including the German "brain-drain"), Austrian, and Dutch
  • The personal histories of many famous ophthalmologists including Herff, Atkinson, Burleson,
    Sykes, Thorne, Dumas, McCurdy, Lee, Byrnes, Mathews, Russell, Schwarting, Sichi, Strughold,
    Tredici and Weixel
  • South Texas military history: Brooke Army Hospital, Wilford Hall, Brooks Aerospace Labs
  • The growth of academic ophthalmology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: National and scientific frontiers: creating an historical perspective

Chapter 2: Spanish imperialism and the start of medical specialization in Europe and America

Chapter 3: Anglo doctors and the role of the military, 1810 - 1850

Chapter 4: Urbanization, Immigration, and the civil war, 1846 - 1865

Chapter 5: The cosmopolitan frontier: proffessional development an dthe influence of Europe, 1865 - 1916

Chapter 6: The first generation of specialists, 1890 - 1914

Chapter 7: World war I and its legacy: aviation research and advances in ophthalmic specialization

Chapter 8: The interwar years: professional development and influences of the great depression, 1919 - 1939

Chapter 9: World war II and the ermerge of a true specialty, 1939 - 1955

Chapter 10: The specialty matures: residency programs and eye banks, 1950 - 1965

Chapter 11: The beginnings of aerospace medicine at San Antonio, 1950 - 1966

Chapter 12: From western frontier to the frontier of medicine: the university of Texas Health Science CenterDepartment of Ophthalmology in San Antonio and the search for new knowledge, 1960 - 1990

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