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August 1973

Hereditary Retinal and Choroidal Disease,

Arch Ophthalmol. 1973;90(2):175. doi:10.1001/archopht.1973.01000050177020

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The recent tragic death of Alex Krill was a grave shock to the ophthalmologic community. To many of us who knew him as a friend the loss is all the more severe, while to those who knew him through his multiple articles in the ophthalmic literature the field has lost a prolific and thoughtful contributor.

The overall excellence of his writing is illustrated in this recent book, which is the first of two volumes on hereditary retinal and choroidal diseases. About 40% of this initial volume is devoted to the electrophysiologic (ERG, EOG, VER) and psychophysical (dark adaptometry, color vision) tests used in evaluating retinal function. All of these are discussed in separate chapters and as such there is considerable overlap.

The main body of the book consists of two other chapters. The first is an excellent one dealing with genetics, both basic and applied, which is well written and

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