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September 1954


AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1954;52(3):494-495. doi:10.1001/archopht.1954.00920050496023

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According to the preface, this book presents a new and unconventional approach to the subject, "which introduces the entire field of perimetry in a simple, natural, evolutionary manner, analogous to the method generally used in teaching a new language."

The first two parts of the book are devoted to this pedagogical method, and include the first seventeen chapters. Part III, Chapters 18 to 25, reviews the material already presented and adds supplementary data. The reviewer is not impressed with the pedagogical method adopted. In place of a logical development of thought, the first part of the book consists of isolated paragraphs, each with a heading in heavy type, which do not follow one another in any logical sequence, but merely constitute isolated definitions. For example, on page 18, the headings listed in bold face are as follows: Response—keenness or sensitivity of the retina; Distance between the eye and the point

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