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June 27, 1966

Principles of Ophthalmology

JAMA. 1966;196(13):1162. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100260100046

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A cursory examination of three standard American textbooks of ophthalmology reveals that two of them are twice the size of this English import, and the third is 50% larger. However the tables of contents of all four are strikingly similar, and there seem to be no glaring omissions in the smaller volume. Each of the usual anatomic entities —lids, conjunctiva, lens, retina, etc —has been assigned a chapter, and a brief but adequate description is given of the frailties of each of these tissues. One notices the absence of a special section on "the eye in general disease"—a standard feature of American textbooks. However, this material has not been overlooked. It is incorporated where indicated, in the sections on the specific ocular tissues involved in systemic diseases.

Further pages have been saved by eliminating extensive discussion of the treatment of ocular disease. This is a wise omission. Except for simple,

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