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December 24, 1938

Oftalmologia dei paesi caldi

JAMA. 1938;111(26):2419. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790520075040

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This comparatively small book deals with the ophthalmologic conditions encountered in practice in the tropical climates and is based on the personal experiences of the author. It is divided into nine chapters, five of which are devoted exclusively to the questions of oriental ophthalmology. The effects of intense heat and sunlight on the eyes are peculiarly tropical, as are the effects of the living conditions. To the ophthalmologists of the temperate zones, animal parasites are an almost unknown quantity, particularly the various forms of Filaria; but to the ophthalmologists in tropical countries the descriptions and illustrations that Ruata presents are of the utmost value. The chapters that deal with the bacteriology of the eye and the usual forms of conjunctivitis present nothing of unusual interest. A fairly long chapter is devoted to trachoma and offers a fairly good summary of the well known facts, except that the part devoted to

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