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May 27, 1974

Toxicology of the Eye: Drugs, Chemicals, Plants, Venoms

Author Affiliations

AMA Department of Drugs Chicago

JAMA. 1974;228(9):1167. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230340065045

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Twelve years have elapsed since publication of the first edition of this informative and readable book. The second edition, thoroughly updated and expanded, is a worthwhile investment not only for ophthalmologists but for all physicians.

The major portion of the book (section 2) is an alphabetically arranged compendium of information on all substances that by direct contact or by the systemic route may have adverse effects on the eyes or produce visual disturbances. The author has done an admirable job of compiling and evaluating the available data and in providing extensive references and many original observations. Drugs, chemicals, cosmetics, plants, and venoms are covered, and the material is presented in a manner that makes the book useful as a quick reference source for diagnosis and treatment. The systemic side effects of ophthalmic drugs are also reviewed. Particular attention has been focused on the effects that systemically administered drugs have on