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A Manual of Orthoptics

JAMA. 1952;148(10):875-876. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930100093035.
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Written by one of America's leading orthoptic technicians, this book brings a sane, conservative viewpoint into the field of orthoptics. It should do much to bridge the gap between the orthoptic nihilists and those whose overenthusiastic optimism has brought discredit to the entire field of fusion training. For the diagnosis of various forms of muscular imbalance and for indications for their surgical correction, the reader is referred to standard textbooks on ophthalmology. The author wisely confines herself to the psychological and technical aspects of the subject that must be mastered by the successful technician.

Orthoptics is defined as "that portion of ophthalmology which deals with helping the patient to get the best possible use of his two eyes." Great emphasis is placed on the establishment of rapport between the child and the technician. The latter must understand the mental processes of the patient as related to orthoptic progress. The first


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