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Finally, a half century after its publication in German, we have the first volume of the masterpiece by Vogt in an English translation. Vogt had initially published a handbook and atlas of slitlamp microscopy in 1920. It was so well received that he eventually expanded the work into the wellknown three-volume opus. The present book is a facsimile edition that uses the original color plates and a direct translation by the redoubtable Frederick Blodi, MD, of Iowa City. Additionally, it contains an introductory chapter by Otwin Muller entitled "Ocular Examination With the Slit Lamp," which is a treatise on the instrument with hints on its practical application. Oddly, this well-done chapter is not indexed, but it should be mandatory reading for anyone starting to use the slitlamp biomicroscope.
The instrument that Vogt used in his meticulous observations was a slight improvement over the cumbersome device designed by Allvar Gullstrand. Contributions
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