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October 10, 1977

Medical Ophthalmology

JAMA. 1977;238(15):1670-1671. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280160064035

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This excellent textbook, Medical Ophthalmology, was originally published in Great Britain, and is republished in this country. It has managed to avoid many of the pitfalls of multiauthored books in that the editorial style is generally consistent, lucid, and exceptionally authoritative.

The organization of the book is unusual. The first section deals with various methods of testing and evaluating visual disabilities. This includes a recapitulation of visual acuity, kinetic and static perimetry, tests of color vision, and a concise, understandable, and lucid description of electrophysiology. Radiological investigation is considered in some detail, including modern techniques such as computerized tomography, and ultrasound.

The second part of the book is devoted to a rather extensive discussion of neuroophthalmology and common neurological diseases that affect the eye, including visual agnosia and hysteria.

Part 3, dealing with inflammatory diseases, is especially good, with an outstanding chapter on virus diseases by Easty and a superb