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March 13, 1909

Retinitis Pigmentosa: With an Analysis of Seventeen Cases occurring in Deaf Mutes. An Essay Awarded the Alvarenga Prize of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, July, 1908.

JAMA. 1909;LII(11):913. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540370071028

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Dr. Shoemaker was awarded the Alvarenga prize of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia for this work, a fact which indicates its excellence from a scientific standpoint. The basis of the work was the study of seventeen carefully selected typical cases of retinitis pigmentosa occurring in deafmute children. The study begins with the history of the disease and its histology and pathology. Then follows the symptomatology and etiology, analysis and summary of the cases, laboratory findings, treatment, and then Dr. Shoemaker's conclusions, covering in all 106 pages. A bibliography and index are appended. There are three good colored plates of the fundus lesions, drawn by Dr. Mary Buchanan. The book is printed in large type on very good paper, not too highly finished, and therefore easy on the eyes.

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