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February 1991

Ophthalmology: A Diagnostic Text

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Boston, Mass

Arch Ophthalmol. 1991;109(2):188. doi:10.1001/archopht.1991.01080020034018

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A primer serves as a basis for expanded learning. This textbook is intended as an ophthalmology primer for medical students, interns, ophthalmology residents beginning their training, and nonophthalmic practitioners. The text emphasizes signs, symptoms, and diagnoses. The treatment of these disorders is addressed only when such discussion will expand knowledge of the disease.

"The text emphasizes signs, symptoms, and diagnoses."

The text is composed of two parts: part 1 covers "Concepts" and part 2 covers "Essential Topics and Definitions." Preceding the text are 44 color plates and drawings that are referred to in the narrative. Black-and-white photographs and drawings are well placed throughout the text, highlighting and clarifying important points.

Part 1 contains brief chapters discussing most of the major ophthalmic subspecialties. These chapters adequately cover basic information useful to the novice or nonophthalmic practitioner. The book covers diseases topically without differential diagnoses, although these would be helpful. Separate chapters

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