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December 20, 1941

Modern Trends in Ophthalmology

JAMA. 1941;117(25):2201. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820510089043

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This book is a compilation of material supplied by fifty-five different authors. Its purpose can best be described by quoting the editors' statements in the preface: "Clinical practice occupies a position in between the systematized knowledge (and some venerable fallacies) enshrined in textbooks, and the ferment found in the periodical literature.... Throughout the book it has been our aim to emphasize neither that which is already established, nor that which is as yet unformed, but to indicate emergent tendencies and formative influences." In accomplishing their purpose the editors have divided the material into seven sections: ophthalmology in relation to general medicine, diagnostic procedures, refraction and binocular vision, physiology of vision, some newer conceptions in pathology, treatment and social aspects. The editors have planned their book with foresight, and the contributors include many of the foremost ophthalmologists of our day writing on phases of the subject in which each is renowned.

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