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July 16, 1904

Modern Ophthalmology; A Practical Treatise on the Anatomy, Physiology and Diseases of the Eye.

JAMA. 1904;XLIII(3):216. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500030056026

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Even a cursory examination of this latest addition to our larger text-books on ophthalmology shows it to be one of the best works on the subject recently published. It may well be questioned whether a book designed both for undergraduate use and for the surgeon who makes a specialty of eye diseases is not in danger of falling between the too simple and the too exhaustive treatment of the subject. The student is likely to look askance at a volume of eight or nine hundred pages, while the specialist may complain that the same treatise lacks completeness—does not cover the ground as thoroughly and as exhaustively as it should. What the student very properly regards as likely to give him a literary indigestion, the ophthalmologist believes to be an insufficient meal. Dr. Ball has, we believe, skillfully sailed his ophthalmic bark between the student Scylla and the specialist Charybdis, and

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