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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Timothy T. McMahon, OD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is the tenth edition of a time-honored book on clinical optics and refraction. The ninth edition was published in 1978.
Purpose: The purpose is to give students and practitioners the essential theories and principles of practice for correcting refractive errors and associated ocular muscle imbalances. This is a worthy objective, which the author achieves. This is an improved version of a classic book. There are, however, significant numbers of arcane terms and descriptions of outdated instrumentation detracting from the book's value.
Audience: This book is written for students, residents, and practitioners of ophthalmology. Optometrists may also find some value in this book. The author is a credible authority in the U.K. but is little known in the U.S.
Features: Illustrations and photos are of mixed value. Many are from the older version, which is appropriate at times and not at others. There are no references, a serious drawback. Some data and figures in chapters appear to be from various papers on refraction, yet they are not credited or cited. A mixture of old pictures and new typeface provides an interesting mix in places.
Assessment: This book is meant to be a clinical text on refraction. It is that. There are numerous shortcomings that irritatingly detract from this work, however. The use of arcane terminology, old instruments, and an absence of references and citations of other authors' work is disconcerting. The chapter on retinoscopy is confusing, especially the optical diagrams. This edition is an improvement over previous versions of this historic text despite its shortcomings. There are better texts on the subject of refraction for both students and practitioners to use.