• Historical Excerpts and Quotations Corner

    Our history editors compile quotes and wisdom from medicine’s long history. Send your favorite timeless pearls on ophthalmology to scope@aao.org.

    “The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.” 

    – Attributed to Voltaire (1694-1778)

    “Why has not Man a microscopic eye?
    For this plain reason, Man is not a Fly.
    Say, what the use, were finer Opticks given
    T' inspect a Mite, not comprehend the Heav'n?”

    – Alexander Pope
    (Patient of Chevalier John Taylor)
    "An Essay on Man," Epistle I

    “The intention is to stare into space to ease tired eyes but seeing more disturbs the tranquil spirit.”

    – A zen-like quotation from
    an 11th-century Buddhist monk
    Submitted by Jurn Sun Leung, PhD