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December 1975

Metabolic Eye Disease

Author Affiliations

Bethesda, Md

Arch Ophthalmol. 1975;93(12):1378. doi:10.1001/archopht.1975.01010020996016

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This hardback is billed as "a complete transcript of the first International Symposium on Metabolic Eye Disease held in Herzliyya, Israel." It comprises 38 chapters on miscellaneous subjects by ophthalmologists, biochemists, pediatricians, geneticists, and others. Most of the chapters append the informal discussions that followed the contributor's presentations and a partial list of references.

Under the title Metabolic Eye Disease, one would expect to find a description of those ocular manifestations that accompany physiological and biochemical aberrations in disease. A comprehensive treatise on this subject would serve a useful purpose. The advances in this field have been so rapid and the biochemical implications have been so relevant that ophthalmologists would profit by an updated and systematic presentation of the subject.

The present book fails to provide this. The chapters do not follow a well-structured master plan, and some chapters, such as those on surgical techniques and photocoagulation, have little bearing

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