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November 1967

Handbook of Orthoptic Principles.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1967;78(5):694. doi:10.1001/archopht.1967.00980030696029

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This text from Mr. Cashell and Miss Durran, which is a joint effort by an ophthalmologist and an orthoptist, is a readable dissertation on the basic material of orthoptics. The pattern of binocular disturbances and principles of treatment are presented in a well-organized and succinct manner.

The American orthoptist will discover that the principles of orthoptic evaluation and treatment are much the same in Great Britain as in the United States. The American ophthalmic surgeon may find more that differs than the orthoptist in the chapter on the surgical treatment of strabismus particularity concerning the management of the mechanical squints.

There is a creditable section on pleoptics marred only by the lack of mention of the use of the pleoptophor. This multipurpose instrument with diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities has become a cornerstone of American pleoptic work. This is a fine handbook and highly recommended for orthoptic libraries.

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