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Once again, Ellis and Smith have succeeded in condensing into a concise volume the basic theory and methods behind the management of selected ocular disorders. This is a revision of the third edition, which was published in 1969. Approximately one third of the references to each chapter are now dated after 1969.
As before, the authors have divided their material into two sections, the first of which comprises 17 chapters dealing with elementary principles of therapeutics. Section two is an alphabetical list of drugs useful in treating ophthalmic and related systemic conditions. There is an excellent 12-page pediatric dosage table, expanded from that in the previous edition.
Many of the chapters in section 1 remain much as they were in edition three, but others, such as those dealing with retinal and corneal diseases, have been revised extensively.
The authors have attempted to clarify some therapeutic concepts regarding retinal diseases by
Ralph RA. Handbook of Ocular Therapeutics and Pharmacology. Arch Ophthalmol. 1974;91(3):246. doi:10.1001/archopht.1974.03900060254035