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March 1939

Erbleiden des Auges, in Handbuch der Erbkrankeiten.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1939;21(3):565. doi:10.1001/archopht.1939.00860030173025

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Hereditary diseases is a subject which at present is occupying a great deal of attention in Germany, especially because of the movement to regulate these conditions by law. This book presents the present day knowledge of practically important hereditary diseases of the eye, with a plea for investigation and notification of all pertinent cases.

The subject is treated by eight German ophthalmologists under these headings: coloboma and deformities of the eyeball (Fleischer); glaucoma (Löhlein) ; corneal anomalies (Stock and Bücklers) ; hereditary cataract (Bücklers) ; albinism (Marchesani) ; color blindness (Marchesani) ; retinitis pigmentosa (Jess) ; macular degeneration (Jess) ; hereditary disease of the optic nerves (Wegner) ; refraction (Clausen), and strabismus (Harms).

Each subject is introduced by a clinical description with excellent illustrations, often in colors, then follow the form of hereditary transmission, with charts of family trees, and a consideration of the necessity or desirability for intervention in the endeavor to prevent its propagation. A bibliography

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