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This new edition of a general textbook of ophthalmology, published four years after the previous edition, attests to its value and acceptance. Because of the vast amount of basic and new information in ophthalmology, there are few such textbooks written by a single author. In the preface, Newell acknowledges one solution to this problem, namely, to have his residents in ophthalmology read over assigned portions of the previous edition to suggest revision or additions.
The general format and sections of the previous edition are retained, and there are 68 fewer pages and 140 fewer black and white illustrations. There has been a general condensation, with less space devoted to anatomy, embryology, basic mechanisms, uvea, and retina.
The many elaborate tables and diagnostic charts of the previous edition are retained. The underlying basic science aspects of ocular physiology, pharmacology, and disease are particularly outstanding, eg, hereditary disorders and endocrine diseases. Many
Hughes WF. Ophthalmology: Principles and Concepts. Arch Ophthalmol. 1983;101(1):142. doi:10.1001/archopht.1983.01040010144036