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The year 2012 marks the quatercentenary of the birth of Dawbeney Turbervile,MD(1612-1696), one-time Royalist soldier and later ophthalmologist to England’s Princess Anne, the diarist Samuel Pepys, the natural philosopher Robert Boyle, and the astronomer Walter Pope. Turbervile is remarkable for many reasons: He specialized at a time when generalization was prized; though he was a qualified physician, he also practiced the trade of surgery. Furthermore, he provided in his communications with the Royal Society early descriptions of achromatopsia, ocular foreign body removal with a magnet, and tic doloreaux. He is a forebear worth remembering

Original publication

DOI

10.1001/archopthalmol.2011.1670

Type

Journal article

Journal

Arch Ophthalmol

Publication Date

03/2012

Volume

130

Pages

406 - 408

Keywords

England, General Surgery, History, 17th Century, Ophthalmologic Surgical Procedures, Ophthalmology