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May 1955

Geriatric Medicine.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1955;53(5):763. doi:10.1001/archopht.1955.00930010771028

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Since a large proportion of the patients with which an ophthalmologist has to deal are aging, if not aged, it is important that he be kept abreast of the problems peculiar to old age, and their solution by the newly organized science, geriatrics. This book, first published in 1943, has been one of the standard texts of gerontology, which is the science of aging in its broadest sense. In the generalized field it has a well-deserved reputation, and this third edition testifies to its popularity. The section on Diseases of the Eye has been contributed by Dr. Benjamin Rones, who among the 48 contributors is the sole ophthalmologist. It seems unfortunate that he has been allotted only six and a half pages in which to depict the eye changes, physiologic and pathologic, which are peculiar to growing old, especially since failing vision is such a frequent accompaniment of senility and

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