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An examination of Duke-Elder's long expected second volume affords English-speaking ophthalmologists new reasons for rejoicing. The fact that at last ophthalmologists are beginning to have a reference book which is in every sense of the word modern is some compensation for the fact that nothing comparable has been available in the past. A comparison of the two volumes which have appeared with older works makes it evident that they could not have been achieved by any one writing before the twentieth century or, indeed, before the second quarter of the century. Since no amount of revision can ever make an old book thoroughly modern, the advantage cannot be overestimated of having such a book prepared from the ground up at this time.
The qualifications of Duke-Elder for writing such a modern reference book are known to most ophthalmologists. On a basis of training and research in physiology
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