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September 1940

Introduction to Ophthalmology.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1940;66(3):783. doi:10.1001/archinte.1940.00190150254023

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Kronfeld has made a very valuable contribution to facilitate teaching in ophthalmology. This volume is concise but thorough.

A number of diseases of the eye are not discussed in the general text, but they are described briefly in the index. Details of diagnosis and of examination are not included; instead, the author stresses the physiology and the pathogenesis of the physiologic and pathogenic factors in diseases of the eye. One chapter is an interesting discussion on the physiology of the retinal circulation. Another is a comprehensive survey of the visual pathway. The author stresses the importance of a thorough knowledge of the anatomy in making a differential diagnosis of intracranial lesions.

Principles are stated clearly in a more or less conversational way, making the book differ from the majority of textbooks. The author limits his recommendations for treatment to methods which he considers thoroughly tried. There is a bibliography at

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