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An elementary textbook of ophthalmic pathology must bridge two seemingly disparate specialties, clinical ophthalmology and morbid anatomy, on a level that is basic to both disciplines. The success of any introductory textbook also depends on balance; it must be comprehensive but not dilute or obscure fundamental concepts with an overbalance of data.
Greer's Ocular Pathology, originally published in 1962, has the friendly countenance of an introductory textbook. It is written for an audience having little background in pathology or ophthalmology. Disease mechanisms are described in simple terms and the revelant anatomy and histologic features are reviewed at the beginning of each chapter. For a book of modest size, it is remarkably complete, offering some clinical or histologic description on everything from Addison's disease to zonular cataracts.
David Lucas, a senior lecturer in ophthalmic pathology at the University of Manchester (England), has made major revisions in the fourth edition. Despite apparent
Margo CE. Greer's Ocular Pathology. Arch Ophthalmol. 1990;108(6):790. doi:10.1001/archopht.1990.01070080032024