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May 1983

The World's Eye

Arch Ophthalmol. 1983;101(5):829-830. doi:10.1001/archopht.1983.01040010829031

This book is written by a prominent ophthalmologist and covers a wide range of topics, not only the "evil eye."

The author has a long-lived interest and experience in this area. He has accumulated an enviable collection of artifacts. He tries to give an overall view on how nonscientists, especially primitive people and tribes, evaluate and look at the eye. The author starts with a short chapter on the evil eye but then soon goes on to discuss other aspects, such as the eye of Horos and the eye of Medusa. The last chapter deals with the eye of Providence (what in German is usually referred to as "the eye of God"), giving some interesting examples from the past.

Some of the chapters contain material that was new to the reviewer and probably difficult to find in other places. I was especially delighted to read the chapter on "ojo de

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