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December 1975

The Ocular Fundus

Arch Ophthalmol. 1975;93(12):1379. doi:10.1001/archopht.1975.01010020997017

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The dean of ophthalmic librarians, Charles Snyder of the Howe Library of Ophthalmology, when asked what constitutes a good fundus atlas, replied, "If the pictures are good, the atlas is good." This small book by Nover has excellent photographs: the details are sharp, the colors true, and the spectrum of coverage is broad. So, true to Snyder's aphorism, this is a fine atlas. Is it to be recommended? That is a difficult question to answer.

To the best of my knowledge, there are at least three other color fundus atlases in print. The color reproductions in all of them are excellent. What then distinguishes this particular book? In terms of criticism, there are two major deficiencies. One chapter devoted to the different methods of examining the ocular fundus is useful to the non-ophthalmologist. But, nine pages of this short book are devoted to refractive errors and methods of refraction. It

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