16.03.2010

Legendary ophthalmologist Arnall Patz dies

Legendary ophthalmologist Arnall Patz dies

By Alexa Kaczka

An ophthalmologist who saved many babies from blindness through his research has died at the age of 79, contact lens wearers have learned.

Dr Arnall Patz, who was director emeritus of the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins, found that treating premature babies with pure oxygen ended up destroying the eyesight of some.

Talking about the late ophthalmologist, Edward Miller, dean of the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and chief executive officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine, commented: "He graced the school and hospital for more than half a century, and we are enormously proud to have his extraordinary contributions as part of our history."

Dr Patz, who led the Wilmer Eye Institute for ten years from 1979 to 1989, passed away in his sleep at his home in Pikesville, Maryland on March 11th.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital was opened in 1889, with its school of medicine established four years later.

by Alexa Kaczka


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