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May 22, 1897

Diseases of the Eye, and Ophthalmology.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(21):1000. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440210042017

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We have at the present time a number of such excellent works on ophthalmology by American authors that we should not think it worth while the trouble of translating a foreign work unless it possess some particularly striking merit to distinguish it from our home productions.

But this book can not lay any claim to such distinction. The phraseology is often very ambiguous; as for instance, in the explanation of the shadow-test, of which we have seen far better descriptions in American works.

The information on some of the more important diseases is very defective. To illustrate, in the treatment of granular conjunctivitis the author recommends the excision of the folds, which operation has long since been abandoned as irrational; but no mention is made of the expression of the trachoma follicles, though this method is recognized, in this country at least, as the most efficient treatment.

The only operation

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