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Centennial Anniversary of the Department of Ophthalmology of the Hadassah Medical Center, 1918–2018

Published:March 17, 2018DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajo.2018.03.017
      In November 1909 Henrietta Szold, a Jewish Zionist leader and educator, visited Jerusalem, at that time under the Ottoman Empire rule in Palestine. Ms Szold was overwhelmed by the scope of eye diseases she found, especially the discharge and the flies on the children's eyes caused by trachoma, and decided to bring medical personnel, doctors and nurses from her native America, to treat the diseases. These medical missions led eventually to the establishment of the Hadassah Women's Zionist Organization of America in February 1912 at New York City's Temple Emanu-El and the foundation of the Hadassah Medical Organization in Palestine, later Israel.
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