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October 20, 1951

Genetics in Ophthalmology.

JAMA. 1951;147(8):793. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670250085034

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Arnold Sorsby is the author of numerous reports on a variety of ophthalmic subjects, all of great merit. He is also the editor of the important two volumes of "Recent Progress in Ophthalmology." His present contribution is his most important so far.

The subject of genetics is one in which few physicians have more than a passing interest, and very few ophthalmologists have sufficient background to properly interpret the frequent congenital and familial aberrations of the eyes encountered in their daily work. Sorsby is completely aware of this lack of knowledge and wisely, in a simple yet effective way, covers the facts and accepted theories of genetics in the first section of his book. The remainder of his work consists of a discussion of the ocular conditions known or suspected to be of genetic origin. Section 2 describes isolated anomalies occurring in every part of the eyeball and adnexa. Section

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