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September 1984

Ophthalmology: Diagnostic Diagrams

Arch Ophthalmol. 1984;102(9):1258. doi:10.1001/archopht.1984.01040031022003

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This book is an attempt to improve ocular diagnoses by overworked medical students by means of brief descriptions and diagnostic diagrams or flow-charts. The two authors are on a Heed-Knapp Fellowship and Career Scientist Award Fellowship, respectively, and the "editor" is Devron H. Char, MD. While the objective has some merit, the production fails in several respects. The diagnostic diagrams are somewhat hard to follow, and include many rare conditions with ophthalmic terminology that the medical student may never encounter. The same is true of the text, which varies in clarity of explanation. The illustrations in black and white have apparently been copied from color slides with poor reproduction. In fact, some of the illustrations do not illustrate the point; for example, pericorneal congestion appears actually pale (Fig 2.1A), exotropia and esotropia are actually reversed both in the illustrations and text (Figs 5.1 and 5.2), and the fluorescein angiogram to

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