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March 1989

Diagnostic Picture Tests in Ophthalmology

Arch Ophthalmol. 1989;107(3):330. doi:10.1001/archopht.1989.01070010340017

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Ophthalmology is a field of medicine that relies heavily on visual recognition of abnormalities in making clinical diagnoses. Diagnostic Picture Tests in Ophthalmology is a collection of over 200 color photographs with accompanying questions. Most of the pictures are clinical photographs. However, the book also includes eight pathologic photomicrographs, three sets of visual fields, and one diagram of an optical system.

While ophthalmology lends itself to this format of testing, the authors accurately note in their preface that "this is a random selection of illustrations that can be used as a basis for the recognition of eye diseases and does not systematically cover the field of ophthalmology." This book is by no means a comprehensive atlas of ophthalmologic diagnosis. It is, however, a well-illustrated question-and-answer-type teaching and review manual that does an excellent job of illustrating and discussing a number of the common and uncommon disorders in various ophthalmic

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