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June 1958

Principles of Ophthalmoscopy.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1958;59(6):979. doi:10.1001/archopht.1958.00940070193022

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This book is intended to teach the principles of ophthalmoscopy to internists and neurologists. It is hard to see how it can achieve its end. In a book of only 69 pages entirely too much space has been devoted to the obvious and too little to concise descriptions and directions which the uninitiated need. It is always unfair to take paragraphs or sentences out of the context, but the beginning of Chapter 2 is an example repeated in many places: "Just as human faces differ one from the other, so do the ocular fundi. As with faces, these differences are subject to anatomic analysis, and the variations of normality separated from pathology. Through experience, an anthropologist could say, 'That is a South American Indian'; likewise an experienced ophthalmoscopist can say, 'That is a normal disc.' Yet in both cases the diagnostician has tacitly analyzed the details and compounded his impression

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