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April 1956

The Cornea.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1956;55(4):594. doi:10.1001/archopht.1956.00930030598020

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This is a monumental work and a very real contribution to ophthalmology. If it had been published in German, it would have been entitled "Handbuch der Cornea," the German handbook being a complete exposition of a subject published in a form which it is impossible to hold in the hands.

The book covers the embryology, anatomy, histology, physiology, pathology, and treatment of the cornea, but much of the information it contains must necessarily have been gleaned from many different sources. No one man, working for a whole lifetime on one subject, could possibly have had personal experience with all the phases of the subject which are expounded here, but the author has had the ability to bring existing knowledge together and organize it into a readable unit. The chapter on physiology of the cornea is especially well done, and brings up to date the evidence opposed to the accepted theories

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