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March 24, 1951

Encyclopedia of the Eye: Diagnosis and Treatment

JAMA. 1951;145(12):938. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920300078025

The authors are eminently qualified to prepare such a text. They indicate that the book is written as a ready reference to the diagnosis and treatment of the commoner ophthalmological problems. However, they have made no attempt to delete many of the obsolete practices that continue to appear in many so-called modern textbooks. Such are the relation of errors of refraction to abscess of the lid and conjunctivitis, use of mild silver protein (argyrol®) and yellow mercuric oxide as antiseptics, the inclusion of keratoconus and megalocormnea under congenital anomalies and discussion of reading disabilities without any reference to the modern progressive method of teaching. References are few and are mostly directed to work done by the senior author. Special sections are devoted to both pediatric ophthalmology and drugs. The text is said to have been prepared as part of the program of the Ophthalmological Foundation, but there is no further

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