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March 1943

Reading as a Visual Task.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1943;29(3):522. doi:10.1001/archopht.1943.00880150198017

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This book is largely a summary of the authors' researches as they deal directly with the problem of reading as a visual task. It is not intended as a volume on reading disabilities or reading difficulties except as they pertain to the physical factors.

Of the fifteen chapters, nine are concerned with physical specifications, such as type size, type faces, leading, length of line, papers and inks, duplication materials and illumination intensities, and it is in this field that the authors have made a real contribution. The book is valuable as a source of physical data on reading materials. The discussions are weakest when they enter the physiologic and psychologic fields. A foreword by H. L. Gage, of the Mergenthaler Linotype Company, serves to emphasize the printed material phase of the subject.

In any discussion of the tasks involved in prolonged critical seeing, the old arguments concerning the definition and

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