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August 1972

Diagnosis of Metabolic Eye Diseases.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1972;88(2):235. doi:10.1001/archopht.1972.01000030237036

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This short book consists of a series of abstracts or short summaries of the important features of many metabolic diseases in which the eye is affected. Its purpose is "to make it easier for the ophthalmologist to decide if and what special diagnostic investigations should be performed on his patients" afflicted with a metabolic disease. The author assumes that a survey of information dealing with metabolic disease is a helpful simplification. I find it hard to accept this premise. If an ophthalmologist's office were filled each day with 30 patients, each with a different metabolic disease, a written summary of important features would be essential to efficient patient care and physician sanity. It is more likely, however, that the infrequent patient with a metabolic disease causes the ophthalmologist a brief period of embarrassment while he tries to remember his elementary biochemistry. Before the patient's return appointment the physician has

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