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July 1921


Arch NeurPsych. 1921;6(1):116. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1921.02190010123015

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This work is practical and readable, the fruit of about twenty years of experience in India. The author shows that tropical ophthalmology has become a special study, as much from the habits of mind and body of the natives as from the influences of a tropical climate. For example, we are confronted with a prophylactic operation for glaucoma. Besides a comprehensive discussion of the various tropical parasitic diseases of the eye, the author gives careful attention to the more unusual external diseases, such as rare forms of keratitis, Herbert's corneal plaques, conjunctival granuloma, and other conditions. An interesting and instructive account is given of the native operations of couching for cataract, in which one makes a capsulotomy with a needle knife before making the corneal section. The very short chapter on ophthalmoscopic appearances in the tropics (by Lieut.-Col. H. Kirkpatrick) seems all too short, and it is to be hoped

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