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The author has chosen to call this excellent text on medical ophthalmology "Systemic Ophthalmology," since he believes that the designation "medical ophthalmology" is too narrow, the general aspects of eye disease carrying ``surgical, obstetric, metabolic, dermatological and other implications no less than those of a purely medical character."
The present book represents the collective work of a number of specialists other than ophthalmologists: General physicians, allergists, and neurologists have contributed chapters in their respective fields.
The book is beautifully printed and illustrated and has a good index. This is of particular importance, since the book will be used as a reference volume rather than as a text. Especially noteworthy are certain chapters, i. e., that by Charles Swan on congenital ocular defects following maternal rubella and other virus infections in pregnancy, and the chapter by Reese and Blodi on the relation of prematurity to ocular anomalies in postnatal development. The
Systemic Ophthalmology.. AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1953;50(3):398. doi:10.1001/archopht.1953.00920030405030