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November 1978

Parsons' Diseases of the Eye

Arch Ophthalmol. 1978;96(11):2138. doi:10.1001/archopht.1978.03910060502029

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This must be the most popular short textbook on ophthalmology in the English language. The first edition appeared in 1907 and this is now the 16th edition. After Sir John Parsons' editorship, Sir Stewart Duke-Elder took over and now the distinguished editor of the British Journal of Ophthalmology has undertaken to revise this venerable textbook.

It certainly fulfills all the requirements for a textbook for students, young residents, or family practitioners. The text is clear, to the point, and well organized. Numerous black and white and a few color illustrations accompany the text. Dr Miller has incorporated many recent advances in ophthalmology (such as fluorescein angiography, acute posterior multifocal placoid pigment epitheliopathy, and so on). The appendix contains the eye drugs used at The Moorfield's Eye Hospital. This is a most useful list and should be of benefit to American ophthalmologists.

All in all this is a delightful and useful

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