Ophthalmology Notes

Ophthalmology Notes

286 AMERICAN JOURNAL OF OPHTHALMOLOGY August, 1986 Ophthalmology Notes. By Robert G. Small. Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott, 1986. Softcover, 192 pa...

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August, 1986

Ophthalmology Notes. By Robert G. Small. Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott, 1986. Softcover, 192 pages, index, illustrated. $11.95

Ophthalmology Pocket Consultant, 2nd ed. By Patrick D. Trevor-Roper. Boston, Blackwell Scientific Publications, 1985. Softcover, 95 pages, index. $11.50

A brief summary of common ocular disorders for health professionals of all types.

The Retina. A Model for Cell Biology Studies. Parts I and II. Edited by Ruben Adler and Debora Farber. Orlando, Academic Press, 1986. $62.50

Substantial reviews of topics in retinal cell biology.

Visual Disability in the Elderly. By Tim Cullinan. London, Croom Helm Ltd., 1986. Softcover, 95 pages, index, illustrated. $14


PROFESSOR CHEN YAO-ZHEN (EUGENE CHAN), M.D. 1899-1986 The international community of ophthalmologists has lost one of its most beloved leaders. Professor Chen Yao-zhen, better known in the United States as Eugene Chan, died on May 4, 1986. Professor Chan was an outstanding ophthalmologist, a distinguished research scientist, and one of the founders of modern oph-

Figure (Kupfer). Eugene Chan, M.D.

thalmology in the People's Republic of China. Not content with leading by example, he made a lifelong effort to attract young scientists into ophthalmology and to find academic positions for them. Often he brought together basic scientists and clinicians and helped them begin highly productive collaborations. Professor Chan was born in Foochow in December 1899. His father, who had graduated from Harvard University and was a professor at Central University in Nanjin, died when Professor Chan was only 16 years old. Nonetheless, through sheer diligence, Professor Chan received a B.A. from Boston University and an M.D. in 1927 from Boston Medical School. He served his internship at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and became the first Chinese research fellow at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University, holding that position from 1929 to 1934. Because of his love for his homeland, he left the opportunities of America to return there and with great vigor opened a clinic, established a laboratory, and began teaching. He taught at Chi Lu Universi-

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ty, at Western Union University, at Lingnan University (presently Zhongshan University), and at Shie-Wo Medical School (now Capital Hospital). He also trained numerous students, more than 200 of whom have become professors and directors at various ophthalmology centers in the People's Republic of China. In addition, during his long and distinguished career he published more than 160 papers and books. When he died, Dr. Chan was Professor Emeritus of both Zhongshan Medical School and China Medical School of Capital Hospital. Because of his contributions to the practice of ophthalmology, his skills as an ocular surgeon, and his imaginative research-particularly in trachoma-Professor Chan and his wife, Professor Mao Wen-shu, were the first Chinese to become distinguished foreign guests at the an-



nual meeting ,of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 1981. The International Congress of Ophthalmology similarly honored Professors Chan and Mao in 1982. In April 1986, at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Professor Mao accepted an award on Professor Chan's behalf citing his half-century of service to humanity. Professor Eugene Chan will be remembered for his warmth, humility, eagerness for new knowledge, and faith in international cooperation. These qualities have provided inspiration not only to the hundreds of students he has led into the worldwide campaign against preventable blindness but for all of us in the field of ophthalmology and vision research. CARL KUPFER