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October 20, 1978

External Infections of the Eye: Bacterial, Viral, and Mycotic

JAMA. 1978;240(17):1907. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290170089046

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This, the second edition of External Infections of the Eye, fills an important void in ophthalmology. It begins with a series of beautiful illustrations of a variety of corneal and external ocular infections. Each clinical plate is accompanied by pictures of cytologic appearance and by pictures of the organisms on culture. The more common entities are stressed, but even esoteric and rare infections such as those caused by leprosy are pictured, their cytology documented, and their culture characteristics discussed in adequate detail. Lesions due to the mycoses as well as Chlamydia are documented, as are those caused by the common viruses.

The second part of the book concisely summarizes both the microbiological properties of the causative agents as well as the common forms of therapy. The final portion of the book deals with the practical aspects. In a straightforward "how-to" fashion, the text illustrates the exact methods and materials for