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October 1964

Handbook of Ocular Therapeutics and Pharmacology.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;114(4):581. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.03860100163053

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Rightly or wrongly, the term handbook is frequently taken to mean a handful. But while verbosity does not necessarily mean comprehensiveness, a book that is sparse and slim cannot be expected to be comprehensive—nor does this book make pretensions to be comprehensive. It offers a quick reference—to the resident or to the nonophthalmologist. This makes for conciseness—and also for sketchiness. If the referer requires more than a basic quick reference he will need another text.

Yet the organization is logical and the material presented is sound. Divided into two approximately equal parts, the first part has words about eye diseases, the second is arranged by drugs—giving actions, side reactions, contraindications, and dosage. Principles are well put—those on basic considerations, antibiotic therapy on cortisone, and corticotropin (ACTH) therapy while brief are informative and not oversimplified.

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