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July 1964

Genetics and Ophthalmology: Volumes I and II.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1964;72(1):114-115. doi:10.1001/archopht.1964.00970020116025

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In 1963 the second volume of this mammoth and comprehensive work was published, welcome for the cumulative index for both volumes, as well as the vast amount of new material complementing volume I, which appeared in 1961. To my own mind, this work ranks with the Duke-Elder series, Reese's Tumors of the Eye, and Walsh's Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology as the most valuable reference volumes in the practice of clinical ophthalmology.

This work is a shining monument to Waardenburg although the first volume contains a relatively few but significant contributions by Francescetti and Klein. The series is roughly divided into purely ophthalmological topics in volume I and neuro-ophthalmological subjects in volume II, although classification is often difficult and there is considerable overlapping.

The genetic aspects of the multitude of conditions treated are thoroughly explored and the bibliography is exhaustive. While the clinical aspects can scarcely be fully rounded in such a work,

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