January 16, 1967

Ocular Pharmacology

Author Affiliations

Great Lakes, Ill


by William H. Havener, 456 pp, 198 illus, $21.75, St. Louis: C. V. Mosby Co., 1966.

JAMA. 1967;199(3):224. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120030128042

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The author has made a determined effort to exclude no drug or compound which could be of value to the ophthalmologist. While 14 of the 30 chapters are less than five pages long and deal with substances that play a relatively minor role in ophthalmology, such as trichloracetic acid, selenium sulfide, or radioactive phosphorus, by far the great majority of its contents is devoted to the standard topics of antibiotics, autonomic drugs, steroids, anesthetics, α-chymotrypsin, and ocular hypotensive agents. The chapters are arranged alphabetically, but this does not exert a disruptive influence.

The organization within each chapter deserves commendation. The author discusses, for each medication, the pharmacologic aspects, ocular penetration, dosage, toxicity, and use of the medication under consideration. Each aspect is clearly labeled and can be located quickly, making the book an excellent ready reference. The illustrations are clear and meaningful. The chapter on corticosteroids is especially noteworthy.