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September 1991

Dictionary of Eye Terminology

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Boston, Mass

Arch Ophthalmol. 1991;109(9):1208. doi:10.1001/archopht.1991.01080090032015

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In this book, Cassin and Solomon have again succeeded in making ophthalmic terminology accessible and understandable to persons outside the field of ophthalmology. This paperback is one-third larger than its antecedent and contains more than 4000 "eye words" defined in simple layman's terms.

"... a must for every ophthalmologist's office."

The illustrations of the eye, orbit, and visual pathway on page 2 are an excellent idea. Unfortunately, the eye illustration lacks detail. It would have been more informative if the authors had provided more detailed illustrations, including photographs of cross sections of the globe.

In the section on abbreviations, Cassin and Solomon list more than 400 commonly (and uncommonly) used abbreviations and acronyms, which is an excellent and handy source for the reader. Definitions of some acronyms are confusing; however, this reflects the variety of clinical usage. For example, the acronym PC has six definitions, and LE can mean left eye,

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