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October 20, 1917

Diagnosis from Ocular Symptoms.

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(16):1376. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590430070028

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This book is written from an entirely new point of view. The subject matter is arranged in the usual way—cornea, iris, optic nerve, etc.—and the various diseases and conditions are treated seriatim; but only their symptoms, objective and subjective, and "as such," are considered. There is nothing on history, course, morbid anatomy, pathogenesis, complications, sequelae, prognosis or treatment, and therefore no real differential diagnosis, which must concern all these things. It is obviously no book for the beginner; it will mislead the general practitioner, and it is not encyclopedic enough on symptoms to be a final reference book. Yet the author frankly meets these criticisms in his preface. He does not pretend to write a textbook. He just treats of symptoms, and has thereby done us a definite service; for we cannot get away from symptoms: they are and should be with us morning, noon and night. We have our

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