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August 1972

Synopsis of Ophthalmology

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ed 3. By William H Havener, MD. Price, $12.75. Pp 553, with 355 illustrations. CV Mosby Co, 3207 Washington Blvd, St. Louis 63103, 1971.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1972;88(2):234-235. doi:10.1001/archopht.1972.01000030236035

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Employing the premise that most blindness is preventable, Dr. Havener challenges the medical profession in his introductory chapters to learn about the most "important square inch of the body." The author lucidly demonstrates that a careful ophthalmologic examination can aid and confirm many systemic medical problems.

The instrumentation of the modern ophthalmologist often intimidates the general physician and forces him to refer any and all eye problems. His experience in eye disease is usually the few weeks, if that long, spent during medical school. Thus, Dr. Havener has not written just another review book, but has tackled the much larger problem of education. The book bridges the distance between the ophthalmologist and other physicians. Using mechanisms of action and basic physiology, he explains logically which problems the physician should treat and which he should refer. The physician can gain confidence in learning about the secrets of the black box

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