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October 1938

Introduction to Ophthalmology.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1938;20(4):695-696. doi:10.1001/archopht.1938.00850220167015

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In his preface the author states that it has been his purpose to "formulate the principles underlying that portion of Ophthalmology which is a necessary part of basic medical education. . . . Details of diagnosis, of methods of examination, and of treatment have been omitted. . . . Individual diseases are discussed . . . to illustrate pathogenetic principles."

The individual chapters deal with anatomy, diseases of the anterior adnexa, diseases of the cornea, uveitis, endophthalmitis, the lens, injuries, the physiology of the retinal circulation, vascular diseases of the eye, the intraocular pressure and its variations, neoplasms, the optic nerve, the visual pathway, the pupil, motor anomalies of the eye and refraction. A brief ophthalmologic dictionary is combined with the index.

Three of the chapters seem to be particularly valuable, and they concern subjects which seem to be of special interest to the author.

The first, on the physiology of the retinal circulation, gives both briefly and

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