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The first edition of this book for medical students published in 1978 apparently accomplished its purpose, ie, to present basic information on the anatomy and physiology of the eye, discuss techniques of ocular examination that the medical student should be able to perform, and describe common ocular diseases that the nonophthalmologist should recognize and either treat or refer to an ophthalmologist. The 86 pages devoted to visual physiology are perhaps unduly extensive and are almost sufficient for an ophthalmologist. This represents the major change from the first edition, but otherwise only minor additions or changes are made regarding contact lenses, intraocular lenses, vitrectomy, retinal vascular occlusion, and glaucoma. The black and white illustrations are remarkably good, including even those conditions where color would have been better. The text is well organized and readable.
Some textbooks for medical students and nonophthalmologists err in mentioning or tabulating unusual ocular conditions, do
Hughes WF. Introduction to Ophthalmology. Arch Ophthalmol. 1983;101(1):141. doi:10.1001/archopht.1983.01040010143032