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August 3, 1957

Gifford's Textbook of Ophthalmology

JAMA. 1957;164(14):1625. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980140101026

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This new edition is the third to appear under the auspices of Francis H. Adler. This textbook has become the principal contender with May's "Diseases of the Eye," now being edited by Charles A. Perera, for first honors in its field. This book is slightly larger than May's, which makes for somewhat more laborious reading by the hard-pressed undergraduate but possibly offers some slight advantage as a reference work for the nonophthalmologist and as an introductory treatise for the neophyte in ophthalmology. The present edition omits some extraneous material, condenses certain chapters, and adds a chapter on the emergency treatment of ocular injuries. While the latter has increased the size of the book by a few pages, it is a most valuable addition. The style of writing is smooth, concise, and readily understandable. The author has exercised thoughtful discrimination in the selection of his material and in the simplicity and

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