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October 4, 1965

General Ophthalmology

JAMA. 1965;194(1):102. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090140110052

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Parsons' Diseases of the Eye.  By Sir Stewart Duke-Elder. 14th ed. 600 pp, 471 illus. $16.50. Little, Brown & Co., 34 Beacon St, Boston 02106, 1964The chief problem facing the author of any elementary textbook is what to leave out, and this in turn is determined by the author's view of the purpose of his text. The authors of General Ophthalmology have decided, as in previous editions, to present in semi-outline form the maximum number of disease descriptions in words and pictures that their format allows and to minimize physiopathological explanation. To assist their presentation they have redrawn many line illustrations originating elsewhere to make them as clear as possible when reproduced by the lithographic technique. Some of the photographic illustrations do not fare so well, but the copiousness of illustrative material is highly commendable. Equally commendable are the extensive reading lists after each chapter and some of the

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