October 18, 1941


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By R. Lindsay Rea, B.Sc., M.D., M.Ch., Ophthalmic Surgeon to West End Hospital for Nervous Diseases, London. Second edition. Cloth. Price, $13.50. Pp. 688, with 218 illustrations. St. Louis: C. V. Mosby Company, 1941.

JAMA. 1941;117(16):1399-1400. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820420091040

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The first edition of this work was reviewed in The Journal, Sept. 17, 1938. Revision for the present edition appears to have consisted in the addition of an appendix of 110 pages with little if any alteration in the original text. The result is that this work, which was described by the earlier reviewer as a "little unsystematic," is now seriously lacking in organization. The same subject is often discussed repetitiously in several places and not always with complete agreement. Thus the neural mechanism concerned in the pupillary light reflex is discussed on page 15, on page 30, on pages 31 to 34 and again on pages 519 and 520 of the recently added appendix. There is much information of interest and value in the book, but this lack of organization, as was also noted in 1938, makes it difficult to find and greatly lessens the value of the book

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