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October 1976

Essentials of Neuro-ophthalmology

Arch Ophthalmol. 1976;94(10):1817. doi:10.1001/archopht.1976.03910040591038

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Ever since Walsh and Hoyt's monumental book came out in 1969—3,000 pages long, and weighing 8 kg, there has been a demand for a slim synopsis of neurophthalmology: something small enough to carry around, light enough to read in bed, and short enough for the reader to contemplate his task without discouragement—something to introduce the subject to the resident and help the practitioner with review.

The distiller's art is a difficult one. He must be able to encompass, absorb, and condense the whole mass of the subject and serve the distillate to us—spiced with insight. Many bare facts must be neatly summarized and tabulated, and many difficult decisions must be made about what to leave out. When the distillate is so raw and dry that it is unpalatable, it must be flavored and sweetened to taste with personality and with lots of diagrams.

Dr. Wolintz has made a

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