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August 24, 1940

Fundus Atlas: Stereoscopic Photographs of the Fundus Oculi

JAMA. 1940;115(8):637-638. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810340065031

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The atlas presents just what the preface claims for it, namely some selected photographs of unusual or important conditions of the fundus. Unfortunately it is not comprehensive enough for a fundus atlas of reference nor is there enough detail or a sufficient number of illustrations to be used as a textbook for teaching. Many of the conditions pictured are most unusual, as for example the picture of opaque nerve fibers. A beginner, seeing this for the first time, would have difficulty recognizing the usual picture of a few strands above or below the disk. There is a question as to the interpretation of some of the photographs. No. 2 is described as a bowl shaped, physiologic excavation; it appears to the reviewer as a partial coloboma of the nerve head even though the vision is normal. The epipapillary membrane in chart 4 is correctly interpreted, but not the usual translucent

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