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December 1947

Ocular Therapeutics.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1947;38(6):853. doi:10.1001/archopht.1947.00900010876020

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Dr. Harrison's small textbook aims to be an accessible reference book for ophthalmic prescriptions. It serves the double purpose of giving help in writing prescriptions and of giving the indications for their use. The drugs selected are those that have stood the test of experience and are official in the United States Pharmacopeia, with one exception (paredrine hydrobromide), and are accepted by the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry.

The reader will find useful information on isotonic solutions, buffer solutions, the application of moist heat and moist cold, astringents, caustics, antiseptics, mydriatics, cycloplegics and miotics. The author still believes in silver nitrate and in mercury bichloride solution but rejects yellow mercuric oxide, boric acid and ichthammol. The treatment of acid burns and alkaline burns is also given. Short chapters on foreign proteins, old tuberculin, vitamins, sulfonamide drugs and penicillin conclude the book. These, in the reviewer's opinion, are too condensed in

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