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December 1981

Principles & Practice of Ophthalmology

Arch Ophthalmol. 1981;99(12):2207-2208. doi:10.1001/archopht.1981.03930021083023

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This is a comprehensive, three-volume textbook of general opthalmology intended for residents and practicing physicians. Volume 1 is divided into three parts—"Anatomy," "Optics and Refraction," and "Anterior Segment Disease." Each chapter usually contains an introduction and sections on anatomy and physiology, techniques of examination, and various clinical entities with appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. This lends a uniformity to the book that one seldom encounters with multiple authorship. In general, the chapters are well written, contain excellent photographs, drawings, and tables, and are well referenced. There are more descriptions and illustrations of surgical techniques than can be found in most textbooks. Useful tables that are not easily available elsewhere abound. For example, tables on commonly used histologic stains and eponymic designation of the eyelid glands in the "Anatomy" chapter; a table on incidence of legal blindness and its cause in the low-vision portion of the "Optics and Refraction" chapter;

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