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November 1978

The Fine Art of Prescribing Glasses Without Making a Spectacle of Yourself

Arch Ophthalmol. 1978;96(11):2137-2138. doi:10.1001/archopht.1978.03910060501026

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Most ophthalmologists engage daily in the practice and art of refraction. Refraction is the cornerstone of the basic, complete eye examination and yet it is often felt to be a timewasting burden. One would assume, in fact, that a text on the subject would, of necessity, be rather dry and soporific. Milder and Rubin, however, collaborated to produce a most lively, informative, and readable book (as is Rubin's Optics for Clinicians, Triad Scientific Publishers, 1971). There is even a bit of poetry mixed in with the prose.

The chapters are arranged so that each topic is treated in depth with good illustrative clinical cases. As themes recur throughout the book, concepts are reiterated. Thus, the overlap helps to build the text well and also aids in teaching. Repeated ideas and facts are better remembered. In the actual case histories, the authors have treated us to their humorous bent. Additionally, their

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