Indian Journal of Ophthalmology

: 1955  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 48-

Ophthalmology - A text book for diploma students

Patrick D Trevor-Roper 

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Patrick D Trevor-Roper

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By Patrick D. Trevor-Roper, M.A., M.B., B.Chir. (CANTAB), F.R.C.S., D.O.M.S. (Eng.) 656 pages, 350 figures, 8 colour plates and 6 tables. Lloyd-Duke, 49, Newman Street, London, W. 1.

As is indicated in the sub-title of the book, this book is meant for diploma students, particularly of an English University. It fills in a great want for a moderately sized book which contains the essentials a student requires to know for an examination in Ophthalmology. One can see in it the bias of an English School of teaching, as one misses some of the important contributions to Modern Ophthalmology by foreign ophthalmologists. A single instance is the omission of an explanation of enzyme activity in the ciliary body in the production of aqueous, a contribution of no mean nature which is difficult to explain to the students, and which could have been well incorporated.

Undoubtedly it is a good compromise between the huge text-books, and the smaller hand-books and as such it necessarily needs a fair acquaintance with the subject of Ophthalmology before it becomes of use either for an examination purpose or as a reference book for the general practitioner.

The author's style is simple, the language easy, the diagrams extremely explicit, and the chapters, particularly on physiology and optics are very well treated. As can be seen from the preface the author is alive to the crimes of omission in his book, particularly about neuro-ophthalmology and pathology of the eye which have been actuated by one of the purposes of his book, namely economy of presentation in the confines of a 600 page book. Some of the omissions are definitely welcome because they can be only of academic interest.

The book has definitely an accent on practicability, and it is better to have a few clear ideas than many confused ones. The size is convenient and the classifications excellent, for the purposes of a revision book at the time of the examination. Practical points, like the different type of lenses in the market, add much to the value of the book for the matter-of-fact ophthalmologist.

Printing is excellently carried out on full art paper. Priced at 75 sh. it appears to be a bit expensive though it offers good value in return.