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January 1981

Glaucoma Symposium: Diagnosis and Therapy: Amsterdam, 1979

Arch Ophthalmol. 1981;99(1):158. doi:10.1001/archopht.1981.03930010160026

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Abstract

In the front of this book the following quotation by Thomas Huxley is printed: "Next to being right in this world the best of all things is to be clear and definitely wrong." The prospective reader has been fairly warned!

The book contains the proceedings of a glaucoma symposium held in Amsterdam in September 1979. Unfortunately, the ophthalmic literature today is swamped with such proceedings that are expensive, uneven in quality, often unedited transcriptions of oral presentations, and poor substitutes for a peer-reviewed journal or for comprehensive textbooks. However, unlike many proceedings, this book has some redeeming features. It has been published in record time, is well edited with few transcription errors, and contains several excellent and informative papers.

One of the book's high points is an article by Aulhorn in which she compares the visual fields in glaucoma and in anterior ischemic optic neuropathy. In general, she finds that

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