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April 17, 1897

Retinoscopy (or Shadow-test) in the Determination of Refraction at One Meter Distance with a Plane Mirror.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(16):758. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440160040013

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The author of this well written little book has very satisfactorily described the most approved methods of retinoscopy. The work is especially valuable in that for a great part it details the results of personal investigation of such a well known authority on this subject as Dr. Thorington. Oculists accustomed to casually use retinoscopy as practiced in the old way with the concave mirror or with the ophthalmoscopic mirror, will be surprised to note the marked evolution of the modus operandi of this test as developed by Drs. Jackson and Thorington. With perfected instruments and strict attention to arrangement of light, distance, and other details, a surprising degree of proficiency and accuracy is possible. Any one pursuing the modern methods of retinoscopy will soon be convinced of its superiority over all other objective tests, and every worker in ophthalmology realizes the necessity of at least one reliable objective method of

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