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June 1979


Arch Ophthalmol. 1979;97(6):1182. doi:10.1001/archopht.1979.01020010628029

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This is a short introduction to ophthalmology written by the distinguished professor of the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris. It is part of a series of such monographs and this is already the fourth French edition (two Spanish editions have also appeared). This in itself shows how popular this book is among the French physicians.

The book tries to bring ophthalmology back into the realm of general medicine. It tries to dispute the rumor that ophthalmology is a somewhat esoteric science where a few physicians who are not inclined to take care of emergencies prescribe glasses under the umbrella of a mysterious vocabulary. The book is directed to the family practitioner and the student. It describes emergencies in ophthalmology, the conditions that can be treated by the generalist, giving them some background with which they can follow a more complicated case in collaboration with their ophthalmic consultants.


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