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March 1985

Eyes: Their Problems and Treatments

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by Michael Glasspool, FRCS, 124 pp, with illus, New York, Arco Publishing Co Inc, 1984, $12.95 (cloth).

Arch Ophthalmol. 1985;103(3):329-331. doi:10.1001/archopht.1985.01050030025011

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This slender (124-page) book boldly states on its cover that "this is the most comprehensive book on eyes yet produced for the layman." That statement is open to challenge; there have been more comprehensive English-language books for laymen, dating back to Benjamin Martin's works in the 18th century. There remains a definite place for books geared to laymen, but the present volume only partially fills that need in the current literature on eyes.

Many ophthalmologists have had patients who sought information on eye symptoms or ocular disorders from medical texts or even medical dictionaries, often with unfortunate results. Such patients are often intimidated by the technical terminology and frequently misinterpret what they have read. The result may be unnecessary fear and confusion. The purpose of this book is to provide basic and understandable information on the eye, its functions, and ocular disorders and treatment.

In the introduction the author states

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