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June 1974

System of Ophthalmology: Ocular Motility and Strabismus

Arch Ophthalmol. 1974;91(6):521. doi:10.1001/archopht.1974.03900060535029

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Volume 6 of System of Ophthalmology: Ocular Motility and Strabismus gives us another one of these remarkable volumes which in eminently readable form provides a wealth of information on the history, physiology, and methods of evaluation and treatment of strabismus. The biographical notes and historical outlines so characteristic of the Duke-Elder series provide an appreciation of names and associations that many younger ophthalmologists otherwise might never obtain. The references include a large proportion of European papers, but the contributions of the New World are well appreciated and well documented.

The initial portion of the text places much emphasis on physiology. As an example of the extent of the coverage provided, in describing the "kinematics of ocular movements" some solid geometry is outlined with appropriate trigonometric formulas. While this may be academic even today for the more clinically oriented ophthalmologist, it is a measure of the scope of this volume that

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