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June 1979

Ocular Toxoplasmosis and Pars Planitis

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San Francisco

Arch Ophthalmol. 1979;97(6):1182. doi:10.1001/archopht.1979.01020010628028

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This is the first edition of a work that is likely to be followed by many subsequent editions during the coming years. It covers both ocular toxoplasmosis and pars-planitis with reasonable completeness and superb documentation of most of the controversial issues concerned.

The book is not intended to present an exhaustive treatise on systemic toxoplasmosis, although the pathology and many signs of the disease are covered in detail, even if others are covered only sketchily. The section on the life cycle of the parasite is somewhat confusing and, in my opinion, would be materially improved by the addition of several simple diagrams. More than 24 pages are devoted to a discussion of the serologic tests for toxoplasmosis. This makes for completeness, but the busy clinician might have been grateful if it had been summarized in a separate section instead.

The section on pars-planitis is very well done. History, terminology, and

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