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April 1971

Ocular Pharmacology

Arch Ophthalmol. 1971;85(4):519. doi:10.1001/archopht.1971.00990050521025

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Ocular Pharmacology by William H. Havener, MD, is an excellent text. It should be a standard on the shelf of every ophthalmologist from the first-year resident to the most senior staff member. It achieves the very difficult goal of being both a basic reference text and a stimulating, readable book. Chapters 1 ("Evaluation of Therapeutic Response"), 2 ("Routes of Administration"), and 33 ("Cataract") should be required reading for all residents at the very earliest level of their educational program. These chapters will also serve as a fascinating and informative review for ophthalmologists in practice. The chapter on corticosteroids may be the best chapter in the book and certainly one of great clinical importance. It well illustrates the author's particular ability for interweaving statistical data throughout a clinically-oriented treatise in a manner that should prove interesting to all types of readers.

Dr. Havener has added a section, "Currently Employed Ophthalmic Therapy,"

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