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June 1950

The Eye and Its Diseases.

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Edited by C. Berens. Price, $16. Pp. 1,092, with 436 illustrations. W. B. Saunders Company, 218 W. Washington Sq., Philadelphia 5; 7 Grape St., Shaftesbury Ave., London, W.C. 2, 1949.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1950;85(6):1012. doi:10.1001/archinte.1950.00230120121014

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This widely used textbook, edited by one of today's leading ophthalmologists and written by 93 international authorities, has been revised and is now published in a second edition, dated 1949, the first having appeared in 1936. New chapters include those on illumination, physiologic chemistry and gonioscopy. Accepted advances in therapeutics, especially concerning the antibiotics, have been carefully evaluated. Bibliographies appearing at the ends of most of the chapters include the more recent references.

The internist will find several chapters of value to himself, in spite of the fact that the book was designed for students and teachers of ophthalmology. The account of the history of the ophthalmoscope, by Hardy, is fascinating reading, and his explanation of the technic of ophthalmoscopy is detailed and clear. The chapter on medical ophthalmology, written by Foster Moore, is worth serious study, but the reviewer wishes that in its revision some of the more recent

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