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March 1970

The Eye: Phenomenology and Psychology of Function and Disorder.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1970;83(3):388. doi:10.1001/archopht.1970.00990030388038

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This book is part of a series of studies in existentialism and phenomenology. It is a fascinating and thorough account of the psychological aspects of disorders of the eye and of vision. The main thesis of this book is that physiology, pathology, and psychology cannot be separated in analyzing visual symptoms. The symptoms must be considered in a phenomenological and relational framework. Eye symptoms cannot be understood by simply measuring and quantitating the abnormalities present in ocular disease, but must be seen in man's total relationship to himself and other men and to his environment.

The book is divided into five parts. The first part provides the theoretical basis and methods of study in man's relationship to his visual environment. The second part describes the normal visual world and symbolism of the eye. The third part is a review of the psychological aspects of disorders of the eye and of

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