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In a characteristically British understatement Sir Stewart starts the preface of this volume with the following words: "The reception accorded to by textbook of ophthalmology has persuaded me that there is a need for its continuation in a second edition." The first four volumes of what is undoubtedly the greatest English text in ophthalmology have long been out of print and, as Sir Stewart says, intentionally so, because they have long been out of date. He has now addressed himself to the task of remedying this defect.
This first volume is an amplification of the first twenty pages of Volume I of the old textbook and has been written by Sir Stewart as a labor of love in the true sense, in that it is a subject in which he is particularly interested. This is somewhat understandable in that it can probably be thought of as the philosophy of ophthalmology.
System of Ophthalmology: Volume I. The Eye in Evolution.. AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1959;62(1):167. doi:10.1001/archopht.1959.04220010171026