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April 1996

Ophthalmology: A Primer for Medical Students and Practitioners

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Madison, Wis

Arch Ophthalmol. 1996;114(4):504. doi:10.1001/archopht.1996.01100130500043

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Introducing the elements of the ophthalmic examination and providing a comprehensive discussion of the diseases that affect the eye is a formidable task. In Ophthalmology: A Primer for Medical Students and Practitioners, the authors provide a basic understanding of the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the eye. The book is intended as an elementary learning text for medical students and also a "ready reference" for the general practitioner.

This book is logically constructed, and provides a valuable glossary and list of objectives for medical students in their first clinical exposure to ophthalmology. The first three chapters are devoted to basic anatomy, optics, and the clinical examination. Subsequent chapters discuss clinical topics, eg, strabismus, painless loss of vision, "the red eye," and diabetes. There is even a chapter on tropical ophthalmology, an ignored topic in any similar text. The clinical chapters open with a bullet-style differential followed by a concise discussion

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