From Leeches to Lasik
Date: October 1, 2013
Deep in a subbasement of the Wilmer-Woods Building is a small library that houses what Richard Semba calls “the most important specialty book collection of its kind in the world.” Semba, the W. Richard Green Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute, is referring to the rare book collection of William Holland Wilmer, the founder and first director of the eponymous institute and a passionate bibliophile. Wilmer collected books that traced the scientific discoveries leading to our modern-day understanding of vision and the treatment and prevention of eye diseases. In 1936, shortly before his death, he bequeathed his collection to the Institute.