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October 1976

Introduction to Ophthalmology

Author Affiliations

Iowa City


by John Parr, 216 pp, with illus, $14, published and distributed for the University of Otago Press by John McIndoe Ltd (51 Crawford St), Dunedin, New Zealand, 1976.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1976;94(10):1817. doi:10.1001/archopht.1976.03910040591039

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This book has evolved from lectures given by Professor Parr to the undergraduates. It is a well-conceived and executed primer on ophthalmology for general practitioners and medical students.

The author has, in his epilogue, put down in a lucid way the objectives for undergraduate teaching of ophthalmology. His 12 points are well chosen and describe in detail what the student should be able to do at the end of his medical training. This modern approach to the goals of medical education permeates the entire book.

The organization is somewhat unusual. First of all, more space and discussion are allotted to anatomy and physiology of the visual system than in most textbooks of this kind. Especially the chapter on visual physiology is extensive and thorough enough to satisfy the needs of most residents in ophthalmology.

The next chapter deals with the examination of the eye and the interpretation of these findings.

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