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June 1956

The Year Book of the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat (1955-1956): The Eye.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1956;55(6):915-916. doi:10.1001/archopht.1956.00930030919018

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The value of this excellent review of ophthalmologic literature abstracted from journals received between October, 1954, and September, 1955, is considerably enhanced over that of other, similar abstracts by virtue of the excellence with which the material has been edited. Dr. Vail has not only been able to extract the valuable points from each article which he has abstracted, but has frequently annotated his abstracts with citations from previous literature and from his own experience which are extremely helpful to the reader (and frequently lend an amusing and illuminating insight into the editor's personality, as, for example, on Page 45, where he vividly recalls Verhoeff's criticism of Squan's concept of the blind spot mechanism in strabismus).

This review of ophthalmologic literature is, therefore, a vast improvement on the usual collection of abstracts, which concern themselves only with condensations of isolated papers. It does seem a pity that one has to

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