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February 1951

Essentials of Ophthalmology

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1951;45(2):236. doi:10.1001/archopht.1951.01700010241016

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The author has used an interestingly new and logical approach in his condensed version of ophthalmology for the general practitioner and the medical student. Especially commendable is his use of new illustrations, since many of them are definite improvements over ones usually employed.

As is to be expected in the first edition of a book which is so comprehensive and so condensed, there are some errors, some ambiguous statements and some lack of coverage of recent literature. For example, while excellent in many respects, the section on physiology of the eye is lacking in detail on present concepts of vascular physiology; and the presently accepted views on the mechanism of drug actions are not covered. However, the more serious errors are made in the section on inflammatory diseases of the eyes. For example, under blepharitis two of the commonest types of the disease (staphylococcic and seborrheic) are not mentioned. Only

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