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June 24, 1974

System of Ophthalmology, vol 6: Ocular Motility and Strabismus

Author Affiliations

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine Chicago


by Sir Stewart Duke-Elder and Kenneth Wybar, 873 pp, 858 illus, $56.50, C. V. Mosby Co., 1973.

JAMA. 1974;228(13):1687. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230380055032

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With the appearance of this volume, the monumental System of Ophthalmology nears completion. Only one text volume has yet to appear. The present volume devoted to ocular motility and strabismus maintains the high quality of its predecessors. It is at once the most complete, the most current, and the most authoritative volume on the subject. It presents fairly in its 850 text pages the accumulated knowledge extracted by many generations of researchers and clinicians from stubborn and ungenerous Nature.

It is my personal prejudice that the volume, along with the majority of today's practitioners, partakes too much of the "I'm alright, Jack" attitude. Our understanding of the normal physiology of binocularity, our understanding of how these mechanisms are disturbed in squint, and our accomplishments in the therapy of strabismus are less satisfactory than knowledge and therapeutic potential in any other subdivision of ophthalmology. The unjustified self-satisfaction results in too little