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Book and Software Review
February 1998

The History of Ophthalmology

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THOMAS A.FARRELLMD

 

edited by Daniel M. Albert, MD, and Diane D. Edwards, MS, MA, 358 pp, $115, ISBN 0-86542-378-4, Cambridge, Mass, Blackwell Science, 1997.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1998;116(2):263. doi:

There is real genius in this history book. Daniel M. Albert, MD, and Diane D. Edwards, MS, MA, are tremendously successful in producing an easily read and superbly organized book that distills the essence of ophthalmology from before recorded history to modern times—and they have accomplished it all in a single volume.

The first part of The History of Ophthalmology commences with ancient ophthalmology, pre-Hippocrates; continues with Greek, Roman, and Arabian times; and moves through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The major portion of the book, however, is devoted to the development of the scientific foundations for medicine in general and the eye in particular. Chapters are organized around the basic sciences (anatomy, physiology, pathology, optics, and microbiology), specific eye problems such as cataract and glaucoma, and the development of subspecialization within ophthalmology.

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