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January 18, 1941

A Treatise on Medicolegal Ophthalmology

JAMA. 1941;116(3):262. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820030084037

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This is the first American textbook devoted to forensic ophthalmology, although thirty-eight years ago Würdemann translated and published a book on Visual Economics. The first part of the book contains some essential principles of medical jurisprudence, stripped of their legal verbiage and stated in terms that can be comprehended by the medical man. It is commended most earnestly not only to the ophthalmologist but to all practitioners of the art of medicine as well. A careful study of the first ninety-five pages can save future legal embarrassment. The second part is given to the evaluation of visual disabilities and analyses of the basic principles involved in the act of seeing. Not only is there a careful psychologic study of visual acuity and all that it implies but there is also an equally careful study of the fractional parts of vision, as the visual field, muscle function and coordinate action. This

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