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Among the problems encountered in writing a short textbook are the proper selection of material and its presentation in a well balanced manner. It is self evident that nothing is more important than an adequate description of the methods of examination, as a knowledge of such methods combined with practical training forms the basis of all ophthalmologic experience. The selection of the rest of the material depends on what the writer has found to be of greatest importance to the beginner and to the general practitioner. These problems have been well solved by Dr. Gifford. The style of writing is clear and precise, and the descriptions are simple and adequate. The etiologic factors of the conditions described have been approached from a scientific standpoint, and the suggestions for treatment are practical and excellent. The author's personality appears on each page, so that the book is far
Knapp A. A Textbook of Ophthalmology. Arch Ophthalmol. 1938;20(1):163–164. doi:10.1001/archopht.1938.00850190175026
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