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April 1968

Ophthalmic Eponyms.

Arch Neurol. 1968;18(4):460-461. doi:10.1001/archneur.1968.00470340146023

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Eponyms are valuable mainly in medical history and in tracing the origin of clinical concepts. Therefore, a reference work devoted to this subject is valuable in proportion to the completeness and aptness of the bibliography and the library research employed in its compilation. The author writes in the preface that "the bibliography as listed is not intended to be always the original, the most recent, or the most descriptive." This statement stamps the caliber and character of this book. Most of the references are to well known textbooks, and unfortunately these lack page designations.

In addition to lacking a critical approach to the material presented, there are a number of serious as well as minor errors in the text. The author writes that the etiology of Argyll-Robertson pupil "involves sympathetic interruption in or near the midbrain, especially in the region of the tectum." This is in contrast to the second

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