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September 1965

Hypertensive Retinal Disease.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1965;74(3):440. doi:10.1001/archopht.1965.00970040442028

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This book is constructed as the recollections and a brief resume of an internist's lifelong interest in the retinal vascular changes of hypertension. Consisting of only 44 pages, it can be read in a short time. It adds little to the specialist's knowledge and, though admittedly not comprehensive, it does emphasize the importance of careful fundus examination as a vital aid in the understanding of the vascular dynamics of hypertension. The illustrations are fundus drawings which graphically aid in illustrating the author's text; however the ophthalmologist might prefer fundus photographs. The material presented dates back to the author's recognition of hypertensive retinal changes in the 1930's. This journey into the past serves as a useful refresher for those internists who recall the early wonder of ophthalmoscopy in hypertension. The price for this limited amount of material seems high, although the print and paper are both of excellent quality.

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