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January 1, 1973

Microbiology of the Eye

Author Affiliations

University of Chicago Chicago

JAMA. 1973;223(1):84. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220010070040

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Of the 20 chapters of this text, eight are contributed by the senior authors and the remaining 12 by others who range in experience from the Harkness Professor of Ophthalmology at Columbia University to an Assistant Resident in Ophthalmology at the University Hospital.

Books on ocular microbiology are not plentiful and an authoritative contribution like the present one is most welcome. One would feel even happier with the result if the book were more finely attuned to the realities of ocular microbiology in the 1970s. Chapters 16 through 19, which deal with viral infections of the eye, serve present needs admirably. However, rather than a no-decision chapter on the flora of the healthy eye and the scholarly chapter on inhibitory properties of ocular flora, present-day realities call for a section on antibacterial drugs and their interaction with microorganisms. Such a chapter is not present. The section on the cytology of