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While there are all sorts and conditions of works on the eye and its diseases—in particular, text-books without number—it has remained for an American to write an acdeptable, indeed the only monograph on the all-important subject of ocular symptomatology and diagnosis. To the uninitiated, treatement seems to be the end and aim of study, and while ophthalmic therapy is by no means to be forgotten, yet surely the essentials of therapeutics lie in semeiology. In his search for the "practical" side of medicine the American is prone to rush ahead to the tretment of his patient with-out due regard to the improtance of deciding exactly what is wrong with him. This tendency may well be corrected by the perusal of a book that considers, in the original and readable fashion characteristic of Beard's writing, the etiology and diagnosis of ocular affections, without a word about their therapeutic conduct. Such a volume assists in restoring the
Ophthalmic Semeiolggy and Diagnosis. JAMA. 1913;61(4):299. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350040065029
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