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June 1986

The Myopias: Basic Science and Clinical Management

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Brookline, Mass

Arch Ophthalmol. 1986;104(6):815. doi:10.1001/archopht.1986.01050180049027

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The author has set for himself what would appear to be an unattainable goal—a truly comprehensive treatise. In The Myopias, Curtin has succeeded in producing a work of landmark merit. Within the bounds of current knowledge, there is no aspect of myopia that has not been discussed. Even the disproven cultlike treatments are dealt with objectively. This prodigious work has 2822 references and is divided into four principal parts: (1) basic science of myopia, (2) the clinical myopias, (3) pathologic myopia, and (4) special forms of myopia. The four parts are subdivided into 20 sec

"[T]his work should serve as an incentive... [to] assure that the myopic patient be examined for more than spectacles or contact lenses."

tions, which are further divided into over 100 subdivisions.

The socioeconomic implications, etiology, and psychological aspects, as well as the optics, are discussed. Oculometry and visual fields are also included, and the section

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