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October 1976

A Synopsis of Ophthalmology

Arch Ophthalmol. 1976;94(10):1815. doi:10.1001/archopht.1976.03910040589034

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This is a precise and concise pocket book on ophthalmology that should be of value to medical students, interns, and family practitioners. It covers in a most logical and clear way the most common eye diseases, discussing their signs and symptoms, pathologic features, and treatment. The book contains only two pictures, but a number of most useful tables. I was most intrigued by two aspects of this little treatise. One was the delightful common sense approach expressed by the authors (eg, no symptoms, no glasses). The other one is the quotations preceding each chapter and many subdivisions. These are taken from the English literature or the Bible and are really gems. Delicacies like this make reviewing a book a pleasure.

Though the contents are aimed mainly at the British audience, students in other English-speaking countries may find this book useful because of its contents, its size, and its price.

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