Get 20M+ Full-Text Papers For Less Than $1.50/day. Start a 14-Day Trial for You or Your Team.

Learn More →

Albrecht von Graefe: A Survey of His Correspondence

Albrecht von Graefe: A Survey of His Correspondence Abstract All through his life von Graefe was a voluminous letter-writer. Since he lived in an eventful period of ophthalmic history, the correspondence of this distinguished ophthalmologist, who was personally and intimately acquainted with the great contemporaries of his time, reveals invaluable historical information. Because of his delight in postal communion, a personal legacy of accurate biographical material became available to posterity. Biographical Data The impulse to examine the shredded minutiae of the short but eminent life of the great master is hard to resist. Albrecht von Graefe (Figure) was born in Berlin on May 22, 1828. Preparatory education was at the French Gymnasium in Berlin and the study of medicine was at Berlin University. He was an inordinately inquisitive student with a gifted intellect and a creative mind. After receiving his medical degree in 1847, he embarked on a long series of postgraduate studies with the most illustrious ophthalmologists of References 1. Founder of the well-known Klinische Monatsblätter für Augenheilkunde and the first local ophthalmological society in the world, the Heidelberg Ophthalmological Society. 2. Chief of the clinic under Albrecht von Graefe and his first assistant; later became director of the University Eye Clinic. 3. The number of his contributions on ophthalmic subjects was enormous. Von Graefe's last surviving pupil, and founder of the Centralblatt für Augenheilkunde, his History of Ophthalmology will remain as a permanent monumental work on the subject. 4. Practiced ophthalmology in Königsberg, developing there a considerable practice. On this large amount of clinical material, Jacobson carried on tireless investigations based on what he had begun in Berlin under von Graefe's guidance. 5. A. C. von Willburg was an ophthalmologist of the latter part of the 18th century. In order to obtain better results than those obtained from depression of the lens, he introduced so-called reclination, in which the lens was dislocated so that its anterior surface faced upwards and its posterior surface downwards in contact with the floor of the vitreous chamber. 6. A health resort in Westphalia Province, Germany. 7. In east central Germany, adjacent to the Spree River. 8. Michaelis, E.: Albrecht von Graefe: Sein Leben und Wirken , Berlin: G. Reimer, 1877, p 185. 9. Hirschberg, J.: " Geschichte der Augenheilkunde ," in Handbuch der Gesamten Augenheilkunde , Berlin: Julius Springer, 1918, vol 15, pp 238-241. 10. No Author: Graefe's Briefe an Julius Jacobson, Munich: C. Wolf & Sohn, 1892. 11. Tower, P.: Books That Made Ophthalmological History , Arch Ophthal (Chicago) 64:781, 1960. 12. Callan, P. A.: " Couching of Cataract ," in The American Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Ophthalmology , edited by C. A. Wood, Chicago: Cleveland Press, 1913, vol 2, pp 1473-1477. 13. Sorsby, A.: A Short History of Ophthalmology , London: Staples Press, 1948, p 55. 14. Weve, H. J. M., and Doesschate, G.: Die Briefe Albrecht von Graefe's an F. C. Donders (1852-1870), Stuttgart: Ferdinand Enke, 1935, pp 5-7. 15. Hirschberg, J.: " Geschichte der Augenheilkunde ," in Handbuch der Gesamten Augenheilkunde , Berlin: Julius Springer, 1918, vol 15, p 251. 16. Shastid, T. H.: " Albrecht von Graefe " in The American Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Ophthalmology , Chicago: Cleveland Press, 1915, vol 7, p 5623. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Ophthalmology American Medical Association

Albrecht von Graefe: A Survey of His Correspondence

Archives of Ophthalmology , Volume 71 (5) – May 1, 1964

Loading next page...
 
/lp/american-medical-association/albrecht-von-graefe-a-survey-of-his-correspondence-Wpmw4ywz7r
Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1964 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0003-9950
eISSN
1538-3687
DOI
10.1001/archopht.1964.00970010635005
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

Abstract All through his life von Graefe was a voluminous letter-writer. Since he lived in an eventful period of ophthalmic history, the correspondence of this distinguished ophthalmologist, who was personally and intimately acquainted with the great contemporaries of his time, reveals invaluable historical information. Because of his delight in postal communion, a personal legacy of accurate biographical material became available to posterity. Biographical Data The impulse to examine the shredded minutiae of the short but eminent life of the great master is hard to resist. Albrecht von Graefe (Figure) was born in Berlin on May 22, 1828. Preparatory education was at the French Gymnasium in Berlin and the study of medicine was at Berlin University. He was an inordinately inquisitive student with a gifted intellect and a creative mind. After receiving his medical degree in 1847, he embarked on a long series of postgraduate studies with the most illustrious ophthalmologists of References 1. Founder of the well-known Klinische Monatsblätter für Augenheilkunde and the first local ophthalmological society in the world, the Heidelberg Ophthalmological Society. 2. Chief of the clinic under Albrecht von Graefe and his first assistant; later became director of the University Eye Clinic. 3. The number of his contributions on ophthalmic subjects was enormous. Von Graefe's last surviving pupil, and founder of the Centralblatt für Augenheilkunde, his History of Ophthalmology will remain as a permanent monumental work on the subject. 4. Practiced ophthalmology in Königsberg, developing there a considerable practice. On this large amount of clinical material, Jacobson carried on tireless investigations based on what he had begun in Berlin under von Graefe's guidance. 5. A. C. von Willburg was an ophthalmologist of the latter part of the 18th century. In order to obtain better results than those obtained from depression of the lens, he introduced so-called reclination, in which the lens was dislocated so that its anterior surface faced upwards and its posterior surface downwards in contact with the floor of the vitreous chamber. 6. A health resort in Westphalia Province, Germany. 7. In east central Germany, adjacent to the Spree River. 8. Michaelis, E.: Albrecht von Graefe: Sein Leben und Wirken , Berlin: G. Reimer, 1877, p 185. 9. Hirschberg, J.: " Geschichte der Augenheilkunde ," in Handbuch der Gesamten Augenheilkunde , Berlin: Julius Springer, 1918, vol 15, pp 238-241. 10. No Author: Graefe's Briefe an Julius Jacobson, Munich: C. Wolf & Sohn, 1892. 11. Tower, P.: Books That Made Ophthalmological History , Arch Ophthal (Chicago) 64:781, 1960. 12. Callan, P. A.: " Couching of Cataract ," in The American Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Ophthalmology , edited by C. A. Wood, Chicago: Cleveland Press, 1913, vol 2, pp 1473-1477. 13. Sorsby, A.: A Short History of Ophthalmology , London: Staples Press, 1948, p 55. 14. Weve, H. J. M., and Doesschate, G.: Die Briefe Albrecht von Graefe's an F. C. Donders (1852-1870), Stuttgart: Ferdinand Enke, 1935, pp 5-7. 15. Hirschberg, J.: " Geschichte der Augenheilkunde ," in Handbuch der Gesamten Augenheilkunde , Berlin: Julius Springer, 1918, vol 15, p 251. 16. Shastid, T. H.: " Albrecht von Graefe " in The American Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Ophthalmology , Chicago: Cleveland Press, 1915, vol 7, p 5623.

Journal

Archives of OphthalmologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: May 1, 1964

References