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November 24, 1917

The American Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Ophthalmology.

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(21):1822. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590480076040

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The first third of the present volume is occupied by the continuation of the article on the ocular muscles, and the latter half by an instructive history of ophthalmology from the earliest times, including a brief account of ophthalmologic associations in America and American ophthalmologic journals. Concerning the character of this great work, it is believed that a judicious and courageous employment of the editorial blue pencil would have improved the historical article. The objection is not to the matter, but to the method of treatment. Other important topics in the volume are myopia, neosalvarsan, nephritis and eye symptoms, neurology of the eye, nystagmus, oblique astigmatism, and ophthalmia neonatorum (not fully treated here). The illustrations are abundant, as usual, and those of the historical article important to have preserved in a work of this sort.

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