Johan (Erik Johan) Widmark
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(1850 - 1909)
Widmark was born August 26, 1850. He passed his state examination in 1881 and then dedicated himself first to surgery but soon switched to ophthalmology which he had studied on a trip during 1882/83 when he had visited Vienna, Halle, Utrecht, London and Paris. After his return to Sweden he discussed a publication
Om jequirity-oftalmien and began in 1884 as assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Karolinska institutet his activities as teacher. At that time ophthalmology was in Sweden still combined with general surgery. A special professorship for ophthalmology was established 1889 at the institutet and Widmark was appointed to the chair. ln 1891 he was made full professor. He occupied this position until he died.