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Essential Subtleties on the Silver Sea

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7199.1705a (Published 19 June 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1705
  1. Patrick Trevor-Roper, consultant ophthalmic surgeon
  1. Moorfields Eye Hospital, London

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    Jurgen Kovacs, Paul U Unschuld

    University of California Press, £46, pp 515

    ISBN0520080580

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    This is the first English translation of a classic 15th century text on Chinese ophthalmology. Its very title warns us that we are stepping from the solid shores of the exact sciences into speculative waters, into a parallel world sustained by a sequence of analogues and origins, fantasies and metaphors, where all our comfortable realities become shifting and insubstantial. We are left with a galaxy of theories and attributions, which are …

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