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March 9, 1957

The Visual Fields: A Textbook and Atlas of Clinical Perimetry

JAMA. 1957;163(10):902. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970450104034

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This monograph represents the most important contribution to the literature on the visual fields since the monumental presentation of this subject by Traquair and his popularization of quantitative perimetry. There have been new developments since 1948, when the last edition of Traquair's "An Introduction to Clinical Perimetry" appeared, and the author has covered these most adequately. Retaining the concept of the visual field as an "island of vision surrounded by a sea of blindness," and reemphasizing the necessity of careful quantitative determinations of the peripheral and central field defects, the author has described some of the more recent methods of examination. These include the extinction phenomenon, examination with ultraviolet radiation and luminous test objects as introduced by him, angioscotometry as advocated by Evans, flicker fusion fields, and the multiple-pattern method for quick screening. As is imperative in a book that describes visual fields in a wide variety of ocular and

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