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March 4, 1968

Diseases of the Retina

JAMA. 1968;203(10):896. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140100078033

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At the vital center of visual function is the retina, and at the vital center of ophthalmology is the study of retinal disease. Thus, any publication on retinal disease demands attention, but the appearance of nearly 900 pages by a world authority on the subject is a once-in-a-lifetime publishing event. In terms of scope, of content, of authoritativeness, of illustrations, there is not even any near competition from existing books.

The organization of subject matter follows the lines of the section on the retina in the 1940 volume of Duke-Elder's textbook. The main headings are "General Considerations" (anatomical and pathological principles and the healing of wounds), "Disturbances of the Circulation," "Inflammation of the Retina," "Retinopathies Associated With General Disease," "Degenerations and Dystrophies," "Cysts and Tumors of the Retina," "Detachment and Folding of the Retina."

The treatment is at its very best when it deals with ophthalmoscopic and histopathological pictures of