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October 1976

Diseases of the Fundus Oculi

Arch Ophthalmol. 1976;94(10):1815. doi:10.1001/archopht.1976.03910040589031

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According to the author, Diseases of the Fundus Oculi is "an attempt to record and interpret the activities and drift of present day clinical ophthalmoscopy...." The first of the book's five sections is an introduction that reviews the pathophysiology and histopathology of ophthalmoscopically visible lesions. Part 2 is concerned with developmental anomalies of the fundus. Next, acquired affections limited to the fundus are discussed, followed by acquired affections of systemic origin. Finally, disorders of the optic nerve are considered.

It is true that the book is "profusely illustrated," but primarily with black-and-white drawings. Likewise, the great majority of the colored plates are reproductions of drawings. In these days of superb fundus photography, this seems significantly less than optimal.

Consistent with the author's interest and eminence in genetics, a number of pedigrees of heritable fundus disorders are included, as well as brief genetic discussions when appropriate.

Lack of familiarity with some

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