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October 1979

Ophthalmology: The Essentials

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Gainesville, Fla

Arch Ophthalmol. 1979;97(10):2000. doi:10.1001/archopht.1979.01020020414040

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This is a new, readable, introductory textbook on ophthalmology, written specifically for medical students. While not encyclopedic, it makes an important contribution as a pedagogical implement. What makes it particularly good is that it is selective, primarily covering the highlights of ophthalmology, and doing so in a palatable narrative style that brings in anecdotes, unusual bits of information, and interesting historical points, all of which hold the reader's interest. I was delighted to learn one startling fact after another, things that somehow I had not run across previously. This book can be read relatively quickly, compared to a text that offers more comprehensive coverage.

The table of contents shows several departures from more classical texts. After a chapter that discusses the structure and function of the eye, and strabismus, retinal disease, uveitis, eye signs and systemic diseases, and ocular pharmacology follow. The final three chapters, however, are unusual, at least

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