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December 1949

Blakiston's New Gould Medical Dictionary.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1949;42(6):858. doi:10.1001/archopht.1949.00900050869015

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An editorial board and eighty well known contributors present an entirely new medical dictionary to replace the standard "Gould's Medical Dictionary," which has been so popular since its first edition in 1890.

It is difficult to evaluate a dictionary, especially since a reviewer has a bias toward his own specialty and a general medical dictionary is not intended as a reference book in any sense of the word. In spite of this, the present dictionary seems to have kept pace with most developments in the field of ophthalmology and includes items on gonioscopy, anomalous retinal correspondence, epidemic keratoconjunctivitis and many recent developments in the field of ocular therapeutics. Curiously, no mention is made of retrolental fibroplasia, which has general medical interest.

The illustrations are collected in 45 excellent plates, placed conveniently in the middle of the book. Many of these are in color. At the end of the definitions are

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