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December 29, 1923

Traité d'Ophthalmologie.

JAMA. 1923;81(26):2204-2205. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650260046036

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This rather unusual textbook is based more on the experiences of the author than on the standard technic of authorship, and in consequence provides refreshing reading. To the cognoscenti, the continued misspelling of proper names, particularly those of Teutonic extraction, is a jarring note in otherwise good proofreading. The illustrations are of three main types: excellent semidiagrammatic illustrations of operative procedures; photographs of cases, sufficiently retouched and printed clear enough to show the requisite details; and rather indifferent photomicrographs of histopathology. The text material follows the usual classification of ophthalmic textbooks so closely that comment is unnecessary. There is one striking and, at the same time, to the American ophthalmologist, sad feature in the emphasis that is laid on the importance of syphilis in considering the etiology of ocular disease; certain it is that in this country, the spirochete plays no such leading part. Again, the excessive use of cocain

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