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May 1949

Handbook of Ophthalmology.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1949;41(5):657. doi:10.1001/archopht.1949.00900040673022

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Goar believes that the ophthalmologic books available to the junior medical student, who ordinarily has about a dozen other subjects to occupy his attention, are too complete. The same opinion has long been held by O'Brien (O'Brien, C. S.: Ophthalmologic Notes for Students, Iowa City, Athens Press, 1930, p. 370) and others. Dr. Goar's lectures on ophthalmology have been illustrated and slightly expanded into this volume, which is frankly designed for the use of medical students.

The subject matter follows the conventional lines of similar textbooks and is covered in chapters on anatomy, physiology, embryology, methods of examination, refraction and diseases of the various structures, in anatomic order.

If one accepts Dr. Goar's thesis (and it certainly has merit) that such books as May's and Gifford's contain too much material, this volume should prove of great time-saving value to the medical student and should enable him to pass his examinations.

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