The practice of ophthalmology in rural Wisconsin in the mid-19th century: From the casebooks of Francis Paddock, MD

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI 53792, USA.
Archives of ophthalmology (Impact Factor: 4.4). 06/2010; 128(6):783-8. DOI: 10.1001/archophthalmol.2010.80
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Francis Paddock (1814-1889), a graduate of Fairfield Medical College in western New York State, opened a general medicinal and surgical practice in the small town of Salem in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, between 1838 and 1839, where he lived and worked until his death a half century later. Two early volumes of his casebooks, spanning the years 1841 to 1852, came to light and are now analyzed from the standpoint of ophthalmic-related problems and their treatment. His life as a frontier physician and leading citizen of his community are documented in the context of 19th-century medicine in America and Wisconsin.

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