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When volume 2 of Duke-Elder's Textbook of Ophthalmology appeared in 1938, the 650 pages devoted to external eye disease immediately were recognized as the most authoritative treatment of this subject in the English language. Today, 27 years later, the present volume easily fills the same role. It comprises almost exactly twice as many pages and contains nearly three times as many illustrations. This expansion has been necessitated by the increase of information in the subject area; much of the older text where appropriate has been retained.
Of the important changes and additions some of the most significant relate to infectious disease— always of prime concern when dealing with the external ocular structures. There is marked expansion of our knowledge of viral disease. Specific therapy for bacterial, viral, and fungal eye infections did not exist at the time of the earlier edition. Furthermore, the entire treatment has been amplified in the
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