edited by R. J. Last, 529 pp, 465 illus, $19, Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Co., 1968.
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How many current texts should there be on the anatomy of the eye? The standard for comparison is the 1961 volume by Duke-Elder and Wybar in the System of Ophthalmology. Since the volume being reviewed contains chapters on comparative anatomy of the eye and embryology of the eye, one should add comparison with Duke-Elder's 1958 volume, The Eye in Evolution and the 1963 volume of Duke-Elder and Cook on embryology, both in the System.
There are numerous points of difference worth noting in addition to the general proposition that the competition between two books serves to keep both sets of authors putting out their best work. The 529 pages of Last's revision of Wolff are small in comparison to 901, 843, and 313 pages of the three volumes in the System. Obviously the present volume does not pretend to the exhaustiveness of the System, and its correspondingly smaller price makes
Potts AM. Eugene Wolff's Anatomy of the Eye and Orbit, Including the Central Connections, Development and Comparative Anatomy of the Visual Apparatus. JAMA. 1968;206(8):1796-1797. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03150080076029