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To the Editor.—Bernard Schwartz, MD, PhD, who is editor-in-chief of the Survey of Ophthalmology, has drawn to my attention a misconception about the Survey in my article, "Searching the Literature and Computerized Services in Ophthalmology," which appeared in the June issue of the Archives (94:909-913, 1976).
Since 1968, the Survey of Ophthalmology has increasingly become a review and educational journal, with the proportion of abstracts decreasing correspondingly. In the issues for volume 19 (of which No. 6, May-June 1975 was the last I saw before I submitted my manuscript for publication), 88 of 404 pages (22%) were devoted to abstracts. I regret that the "old" Survey, which I frequently used, left my subconscious with such a persistent after-image.
Beatty WK. Survey of Ophthalmology. Arch Ophthalmol. 1977;95(1):169. doi:10.1001/archopht.1977.04450010169028