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February 3, 1940

Hydrophthalmia or Congenital Glaucoma: Its Causes, Treatment, and Outlook

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By J. Ringland Anderson, M.C., M.D., B.S., Ophthalmic Surgeon to the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. With a foreword by Sir John Herbert Parsons, C.B.E., D.Sc., F.R.C.S. Published for the British Journal of Ophthalmology. Cloth. Price, $7. Pp. 377, with 116 illustrations. Cambridge: Univeisity Press; New York: Macmillan Company, 1939.

JAMA. 1940;114(5):435. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810050055029

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The foreword to this extensive treatise, written by J. Herbert Parsons, elucidates in a concise manner the scope and characterization of its contents. "The last monograph on this subject was published in 1897 by Dr. Edmund L. Gros, under the title Etude sur l'hydrophthalmie ou glaucome infantile, and was an excellent outline of our knowledge to that date. The present is a much more extensive treatise and will long remain authoritative. In dealing with a disease of such obscure etiology, in which, however, congenital malformations are a prominent factor, the scientific approach must be by way of pathology and comparative anatomy. In both of these respects the treatment here is exhaustive and beautifully illustrated. Dr. Anderson has taken advantage of his special opportunities to obtain specimens from Australian fauna—Ornithorhyncus, Echidna, Pseudochirus, Dasyurus—and to describe the condition of the angle of the anterior chamber in them and in Tarsius. This is

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