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The authors of this compact handbook on general ophthalmology state that their objective is to provide a concise and current review for medical students, ophthalmology residents, practicing ophthalmologists, nurses, optometrists, and colleagues in other fields of medicine and surgery. They have done a commendable job. This 11th edition contains some relatively current information on topics ranging from the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome to magnetic resonance imaging to the use of botulinum. There are some unavoidable omissions due to the time required to publish the new edition. For example, it is stated that epidemic keratoconjunctivitis is the only serious eye disease known to be transmissible by tonometry. The finding of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome virus antibodies in tears obviously raises some new concern in this respect.
For the nonophthalmologist there is a section on eye examination that is quite good. Some of the suggestions for treatment, such as tapping the anterior chamber, probably
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