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January 1968

Basic Ophthalmology.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1968;79(1):118. doi:10.1001/archopht.1968.03850040120023

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This textbook surveys the entire field of clinical ophthalmology. It is clearly intended to serve as an introductory manual for medical students and first-year residents.

In this reviewer's experience the interest of medical students is appropriately engaged by (1) presentation of ocular diseases in terms of altered physiology and biochemistry wherever available information renders this approach feasible, and (2) thorough coverage of ocular manifestations of systemic diseases. As expected, the author has superbly fulfilled the former condition. Regrettably, this book is deficient in its coverage of medical ophthalmology and neuroophthalmology. The bulk of the book deals in excellent fashion with the lens, uveal tract, retina, and glaucoma. It is revealing to note that five full pages are given to tonographic and perilimbal suction cup tables whereas the section on diseases of the optic nerve is compressed into merely 2½ pages. The discussion of motility is cursory and neuro-ophthalmology, as such,

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