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February 6, 1926

Slit-Lamp Microscopy of the Living Eye. Early Diagnosis and Symptomatology of Affections of the Anterior Segment of the Eye.

JAMA. 1926;86(6):439-440. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670320053036

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This is the forerunner of what promises to grow into a vast library. Although slit lamp microscopy of the living eye has been known and practiced abroad for thirteen years and in this country for seven years, there has not been a single book in the English language on this newer phase of ophthalmology. The proper description of this method of examination is "binocular microscopy of the living eye with focal illumination in varying azimuths." To shorten this, Edward Jackson suggested the term biomicroscopy, which bears promise of earning a place in our vocabulary. The nine chapters are divided among the apparatus, methods of examination, phenomena of reflection of light by the ocular media, and description of the various ocular tissues examined. The first chapter is fairly comprehensive, but should have been written somewhat more simply, with more illustrations. In the second chapter, under the methods of illumination, no mention

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