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February 25, 1974

Handbook of Ocular Therapeutics and Pharmacology

JAMA. 1974;227(8):944. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230210054027

In the fourth edition, the authors have continued the useful style developed in their earlier publications on this topic. Several new therapeutic agents and newly reported side reactions to both local and systemic medications are discussed. Pediatric dosage tables have been greatly expanded.

The division of the book into two sections, ocular therapeutics for specific disorders of the eye and adnexa, and specific pharmacology of therapeutic agents, is quite helpful. These latter therapeutic agents are alphabetically listed in the text, providing convenient and rapid referencing to locate the drug under consideration. The tables covering the principles of specific therapy and the therapeutic agents are well planned and provide a good overview of the topic.

A few minor suggestions are made for the section on diseases of the retina. For example, in the discussion of central serous retinopathy (central serous detachment of the sensory retina, central serous choroidopathy), the authors refer