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March 7, 1964

Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics and the Problems of Medical Management

JAMA. 1964;187(10):784. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060230112042

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The contents of this book can only be described as a mixed bag. The preface describes the book as the taped transcript of a recent course at the University of California Medical Center (San Francisco), dealing with (1) uveitis, (2) ophthalmic infections, (3) diabetes, and (4) antimetabolites in viral infections. In actuality the first 32 pages constitute the 17th annual Proctor Lecture, given by Irving Leopold on drug therapy in uveitis. This is a well-written discussion emphasizing two timely therapeutic problems—the treatment of toxoplasmic uveitis, and the relationship between histoplasmosis and eye disease. This portion of the book was evidently printed from a written manuscript and contains an ample bibliography.

The remainder of the book is all transcribed from tape and varies widely in content, from outline-textbook-type summaries of eye disease to highly specialized discussions of subject matter not directly connected with ophthalmology. In the latter category are (1) the

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