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August 1971

System of Ophthalmology: Ophthalmic Optics and Refraction

Arch Ophthalmol. 1971;86(2):241. doi:10.1001/archopht.1971.01000010243021

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According to the author's "Preface," the present volume represents in some degree the two sections of theoretical and clinical optics which appeared in the first and fourth volumes of his Textbook of Ophthalmology. They are, however, greatly expanded in this delightfully readable book.

Since all ophthalmologists know what to expect from Sir Stewart in terms of style and flavor, a simple listing of the contents should give the prospective buyer the stimulus to place his order for this necessary addition to his library. They include the history of ophthalmic optics, the nature of light, the history of geometrical optics, the propagation of light in a uniform medium, the effects of interposition of a second medium, the reflection of light, the refraction of light, the defects of optical images, the dioptric imagery of the eye, adjustments to the human optical system, anomalies of refraction and accommodation, clinical methods of estimating the

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