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Article
February 1959

Ocular Allergy.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1959;61(2):343-344. doi:10.1001/archopht.1959.00940090345026

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Abstract

This book is timely, since the relative proportion of allergic conditions seen by the ophthalmologist increases rapidly as the infectious lesions disappear. The authors have been identified with ocular allergies through their writings over a number of years and can speak with authority from their personal experiences. The chapter on the basic principles of allergy, by William B. Sherman, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, forms an excellent review for the ophthalmologist.

The rest of the book is divided into an anatomical classification, listing the various forms of allergy encountered in the lids, conjunctiva, cornea, sclera, uvea, lens, retina, and optic nerve. The authors lay great emphasis on differential diagnosis and point out that this is most important, since treatment is very different in allergic and nonallergic diseases. They advise that corticosteroids and antibiotics be isolated and not compounded in prescriptions or proprietary preparations

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