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Frank B. Walsh was born in Oxbow, Saskatchewan. He attended Queen’s University from 1913 until 1915, and after serving in the Canadian Army during World War I, he attended the University of Manitoba Medical School, receiving his M.D. in 1921. After serving as a house officer at Winnipeg General Hospital for two years and as a general practitioner for seven years, Walsh chose to specialize in ophthalmology and came to Johns Hopkins in 1930 as a resident in the Wilmer Institute. After completing his residency, he joined the faculty of the school of medicine. In 1958, he was appointed professor. Walsh is recognized as a founder of the field of neuro-ophthalmology, and his text, Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology, is a standard text in its field. He was a principal author of Neuropathology of Vision: An Atlas, and received numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the first Research to Prevent Blindness Award in 1966.

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The Frank B. Walsh Collection covers the latter part of his career at Johns Hopkins. It consists of correspondence, grant records, reference materials, and reprints. Most of the correspondence is with other medical professionals. Many of these letters are patient-related, with some discussions of published papers, granting agencies, and research interests. Other correspondence is with professional associations and publishers. Some personal materials are also included in the collection.

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