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December 4, 1948

Clinical Ophthalmology for General Practitioners and Students

JAMA. 1948;138(14):1067. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900140059036

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As the preface states—"This book might be called 'Ophthalmology Without an Ophthalmoscope.' " It is written in simple language and does not go into a great deal of detail. Also, many subjects are omitted entirely. It is essentially a reference book for the general practitioner, who often is at a loss to understand the letters from ophthalmologists and discussions he may have with ophthalmologists about patients whom he also is treating.

A rather interesting, though short chapter is devoted to "Misconceptions and Prejudices," and there is a short appendix in which advice is given to the general practitioner who may be called into court to give an opinion on some ocular condition. This chapter also contains a number of prescriptions which might be helpful to him when he cannot send his patient immediately to a specialist.

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