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November 1958

Concepts of Classical Optics.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1958;60(5):979. doi:10.1001/archopht.1958.00940080999027

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While this book goes far beyond the knowledge of optics required for the ophthalmologist, it is becoming increasingly evident that the average level of optical wisdom, let us say, among ophthalmologists is lamentably low. In all fields of science which is applied practically, it is recognized that the basic information needed by those who make the practical application of the science can be set at a relatively low level. The selected few who are expected to advance knowledge in that field must necessarily have more than a speaking acquaintance with the basic facts, and if the whole group is a healthy one it will be evident that a certain small number from the group are consistently advancing the current horizon in their writings. It is a sad commentary, but this is not true in ophthalmology. Since the days of Gullstrand there have been very few ophthalmologistst who have added to

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