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August 19, 1911

Handbook of Diseases of the Eye.

JAMA. 1911;LVII(8):678. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260080242025

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Now that the general practitioner has been urged, in view of the activity of the "doctor of optometry," to inform himself concerning the elements of ophthalmology—and in particular the practice of refraction work so as to be ready to "fit glasses"—one looks with more than ordinary lenience on the multiplication of undergraduate text-books dealing with ophthalmic science. While Parker's manual is no better and no worse than the dozen other compends that are accessible to the student, undergraduate and postgraduate, yet it lacks in the section given over to the determination of the refraction and dismisses in less than thirty pages what might well occupy fifty. Doubtless, this is due to the restricted character of the book; perhaps, after all, the various problems that confront one in "fitting glasses" are not to be solved by reading school-books but by actual practice and instruction in clinics and elsewhere.

Although few of

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