Indicating the vastness of the subject and the thoroughness of Duke-Elder's treatment, this large book discusses only the congenital deformities which are apparent at birth. Other congenital diseases whose effects are manifest after birth are to be presented in their logical place in subsequent volumes.
After devoting a section to teratology both descriptive and experimental, the author goes on to describe congenital deformities of the eye according to their occurrence in the various ocular substructures. He concludes with chapters on anomalies of ocular motility, deformities of the head and neck, anomalies of the central nervous system, and multiple syndromes. The treatment of the subject matter is thorough and the author does not neglect to deal with a large number of congenital abnormalities of minor nature which have no pathological significance.
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