Herbert Herbert: His Corneal Pits and Scleral Slits – Corrected Proof

Purpose: To evaluate the life and professional work of the English ophthalmologist Herbert Herbert (1865–1942).Design: Historical study.Methods: The main sources for this investigation are Herbert's approximately 65 published papers and 3 monographs. Other sources are contemporary publications by other ophthalmologists and secondary historical reviews of this period. Written communications with some of Herbert's descendants revealed previously unknown information about his life.Results: Herbert is now remembered for his description of the eponymously named limbal corneal pits as a sign of trachoma. This finding is essentially pathognomic of trachoma and was welcomed as a sign that could reliably diagnose trachoma from other (Read more...)

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