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From Heidelberg to New York: Hermann Knapp, a European-American ophthalmic success story

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First Author: S.Scholtz GERMANY

Co Author(s):    F. Krogmann   G. Auffarth                 

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Hermann Knapp (1832-1911) provided significant scientific research to ophthalmology in Europe as well as in the US. This poster is to honour Knapp�Â�´s achievements for ophthalmology.


International Vision Correction Research Centre (IVCRC), Dept. of Ophthalmology, University of Heidelberg, Germany


Selective literature research of books and journal articles via PubMed, Google Scholar and Google.


Knapp, born in Germany, studied medicine and was Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Heidelberg. At that time the University of Heidelberg refused to establish a separate Chair for Ophthalmology, the University regarded Ophthalmology still being part of general surgery. Desperate about this Knapp left Heidelberg and immigrated to the US, where he made a distinguished career as ophthalmologist.


Knapp�Â�´s academic achievements for ophthalmology included the invention of several surgical instruments and numerous scientific articles and books. The eponym �â�€�œKnapp Striae�â�€�, which are also known as �â�€�œangoid streaks�â�€� still remind us of this great ophthalmologist.

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