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September 7, 1957

Practical Refraction

JAMA. 1957;165(1):109-110. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980190111035

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This book represents an attempt to produce a short manual on the technique of refraction without going into the details of physiological optics on which refraction is based. For that reason the neophyte will not find that this book is adequate for all his needs but should find in it many useful suggestions. While most of the book is clearly written and should be intelligible to the beginning student in refraction, certain parts, such as the description of astigmatism, are likely to be confusing. Most writers on refraction are extremely dogmatic as to the correctness of their own methods and the error implicit in all other methods, but this author is to be congratulated on his broad viewpoint and the recognition that all techniques have their advantages but that experience, skill, and accuracy are the most essential factors. The orthodox method of presentation has not been followed in this text,

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