Since the invention of the ophthalmoscope by Helmholz, in 1851, examination of the fundus of the eye has become a part of every general physical examination. Indeed, within a year of this invention the first atlas of ophthalmoscopy appeared. Since this time, numerous atlases and texts have been published which describe the fundus in various pathologic states. The atlases have the common failing of including rather scanty text material. To remedy this, a series of textbooks has been written which correlate the eye findings with local or systemic disease. The classic example is volume 3 of Duke-Elder's Textbook of Ophthalmology— but this is too detailed for the non-ophthalmologist. Elwyn's Diseases of the Retina is a more concise presentation, but the title precisely defines its limitations. This new book is the best compromise published to date. It is magnificently written and beautifully illustrated.
Chapter 1, on instrumentation, will interest chiefly