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September 1959

Geographic Ophthalmology.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1959;62(3):537. doi:10.1001/archopht.1959.04220030193027

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This book consists of a collection of articles on tropical ophthalmology by different authors, edited by Dr. Holmes. It is not an inclusive text on all the major eye diseases that occur in Africa, Asia, and Australia, but a few diseases have been singled out and dealt with in detail. The lead article, by Dr. Alvaro, covers the progress of ophthalmology throughout the world for the past 100 years. Another chapter is devoted to blindness and the prevention of blindness in India. A very excellent account of leprosy of the eye was written by the editor. Trachoma, onchocerciasis, phlyctenulosis, xerophthalmia, keratomalacia, and pterygium are well documented. There are special sections devoted to unusual subjects such as westernizing the Oriental eye, the Smith Indian cataract extraction, and cataract surgery as an office procedure.

The book contains much of interest not only for ophthalmologists daily encountering these problems but for general reference.

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