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The books which are summaries of ophthalmology intended "for the student and the general practitioner of medicine" have contributed much to medical and ophthalmic education over the years, and have been classics in ophthalmology. The American publication under review, for example, is the 24th edition of this highly successful textbook. There is a remarkable condensation of information in the 430 pages, and a knowledge of all of this information would do credit not only to students and general practitioners but to specialists as well.
In some ways, a work such as this suffers from the accretion of information from a general survey. Therapies which many would consider obsolete continue to receive prominent mention, whereas minimal stress is placed on some newer techniques and procedures which have become of prime importance. For example, more space is given to a detailed discussion of diphtheritic conjunctivitis, a condition rarely seen in this era,