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April 1964

Synopsis of Ophthalmology.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1964;71(4):603. doi:10.1001/archopht.1964.00970010619040

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Rather than a synopsis, this small volume represents the author's personal views on what the medical student or general practitioner should know about ophthalmology. Such statements as "I doubt" or "I advocate" are scattered throughout the text. The subjects are presented under functional categories (eg, Interpretation of Ophthalmoscopic Findings) rather than by the usual division by anatomic site or by specific disease. Thus, under Degenerative Diseases are grouped cataract, retinal detachment, myopia, keratoconus, and pingueculum [sic]. This requires a very complete index, which is lacking. For example dendritic ulcer of the cornea is described under both acute viral conjunctivitis (p 81) and under virus infections of the eyelids (p 311,) but the index under "Dendritic Ulcer" refers the reader only to page 317 where no reference to this condition is made. The only reference under "Keratitis" is to page 312 where there is a picture of disciform keratopathy. The text

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