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June 1, 1940

A Guide to Ophthalmic Operations

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By J. Bruce Hamilton, M.B., Ch.M., D.O. Foreword by Sir James William Barrett, K.B.E., C.B., M.D. Cloth. Price, 10s. 6d. Pp. 201. London: H. K. Lewis & Co., Ltd., 1940.

JAMA. 1940;114(22):2245. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810220069038

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This small volume is a radical departure from most surgical guides in that the procedures of the operation itself are entirely omitted but the preparation of the patient, instruments, drugs and dressings and the postoperative care is outlined for a great number of ocular operations. The author's preliminary training was gained in residencies at Melbourne and London, and his private practice has been conducted in Hobart, Australia; thus the outline is more readily usable to those with a similar background. Perhaps the portion of greatest interest, and this more especially to the embryo ophthalmologist, is that dealing with the method of preparation of dressings, care and storage of sutures and their preparation, and the care and sterilization of instruments, droppers, gloves and radium needles, in all of which the student has little or no teaching. The drugs, their preparation and sterilization, being taken from the British Pharmacopeia, necessarily have a

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