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November 1964

The Uses of Psychology in Geriatric Ophthalmology.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1964;72(5):720-721. doi:10.1001/archopht.1964.00970020720022

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Abstract

This small volume, although written from the psychiatric point of view, is essentially a discussion of the art of dealing with older patients in the practice of ophthalmology. As such, it will appeal to the younger, inexperienced practitioner, and it will give him a hint of some of the problems he will face. These include the difficulty of evaluating psychologic changes in the elderly, the tendency of some patients not to tell the truth, a discussion of the doctor's role when the patient asks, "Will I go blind?" and the problem of the elderly driving a car. Emphasis is placed on the importance of individualizing the doctor's response to the specific situation, and on the whole the advice is solid. For instance, it is pointed out that such statements as, "If you had only come earlier" simply transfer the doctor's feeling of inadequacy to that of the patient. The book

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