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June 16, 1962

Manual of Refraction

JAMA. 1962;180(11):990. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050240086033

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This book is the product of many years of thought and teaching by the author and deserves a place in the library of the discerning ophthalmologist. It has not been written to be a textbook, but rather a practical, clinically oriented handbook. The optics of certain visual problems are presented only when necessary, without the harassment of advanced mathematics, so that the techniques and procedures described are easily understood. Limited vision, anisometropia, prism correction, aphakia, and various refractive techniques used more commonly are the subject of well-written, extremely factual chapters. Although the print is small and somewhat difficult to read, the content of each paragraph is well worth the endeavor.

Additional sections are concerned with the problems of contact lenses diisopropylfluorophosphate (DFP) in refraction, and clinical applications of the conoid of Sturm. Many of the more frequent and sometimes difficult problems encountered during refraction are illustrated by case histories in