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March 1968

A Synopsis of Ophthalmology

Arch Ophthalmol. 1968;79(3):352. doi:10.1001/archopht.1968.03850040354023

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This volume has the distinction of being short. It consists of brief clinical descriptions of various ophthalmologic entities, followed by a summary of treatment. It would, therefore, appear to appeal primarily to the general practitioner. The lack of illustrations makes it unsuitable for the undergraduate student and its brevity limits its value to the resident in ophthalmology. Unfortunately the treatment recommended is not always in agreement with current thought. For example, one page 94 it is suggested that after retinal detachment surgery the patient must have both eyes bandaged and be put at absolute bed rest for three weeks. Again on page 123, anterior chamber lenses are suggested for unilateral aphakia. On the whole, this book, although obviously written from a wealth of clinical experience, will have a limited appeal.

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