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Harold Gifford


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American ophthalmologist, born October 18, 1858, Milwaukee; died November 28, 1929.

Biography of Harold Gifford

Harold Gifford graduated M.D. from the University of Michigan in 1882. He subsequently studied in New York, Erlangen, Wien, and Zürich, where he was appointed 1st assistant to Johann Friedrich Horner (1831-1883). He returned to America and commenced practice as a specialist in oculistics and otiatrics in Omaha in 1886, and also worked as a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Nebraska. He was an ardent socialist and conservationist. He was nonetheless well liked and respected by his conservative colleagues as is emphasised by the orthodox newspaper the Omaha Post of the American Legion declaring him "The city's most valuable citizen" in 1928.

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