The book was first published in , and on account of its clear and friendly presentation style as well as its authoritative coverage of ocular disorders, it quickly became a fundamental text for students. Since then the book has maintained its popularity with students through regular revisions and updates. The 19th edition of this book has been specially adapted to the context of indian subcontinent and is also relevant to other south asian countries with a special mention about the infections that occur predominantly in this region.
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