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April 3, 1967

Diseases of the Uveal Tract

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by Sir Stewart Duke-Elder and Edward S. Perkins (System of Ophthalmology, vol 9, Sir Stewart Duke-Elder [ed.]), 978 pp, 837 illus, $44.50, St. Louis: C. V. Mosby Co., 1966.

JAMA. 1967;200(1):87. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120140145048

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In reviewing this book a major difficulty lies in establishing a basis for comparison. No single current volume deals with the material in comparable breadth and depth. Perhaps the best one can do is to compare this major work with two contemporary volumes. The portion about inflammatory disease may be compared with Wood's Endogenous Inflammations of the Uveal Tract, and the portion on uveal tumors with the corresponding section of Reese's Tumors of the Eye. In each of these comparisons the present book does very well indeed, and in addition, it has sections on general aspects of circulatory disturbances of the uvea, on inflammations of the uvea caused by known etiological agents, and a section on primary atrophies and dystrophies. Only in the last does this material plus that on congenital deformities from volume 3 come out second best in comparison to a work like that of Franceschetti, Francois, and