April 11, 1980

Ocular Trauma

Author Affiliations

University of Chicago Medical Center Chicago


by H. MacKenzie Freeman, with illus, $52.50, New York, Appleton-CenturyCrofts, 1979.

JAMA. 1980;243(14):1471. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300400055039

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The stated objective of this book is to provide a practical, referenced text on the management of ocular trauma. The scope of the book is broad, including an initial discussion of history taking, examination, roentgenographic evaluation, ultrasound, electroretinography, and visual-evoked response. Subsequent chapters deal with diagnosis and treatment of trauma through the eyelids and orbit, anterior segment trauma, intraocular foreign bodies, and trauma involving the vitreous, choroid, retina, extraocular muscles, and optic pathways. Other sections deal with social and legal implications of the treatment of trauma in sports, injury prevention, enucleation, evisceration, extrusion of implants, reconstruction of ocular sockets, sympathetic ophthalmitis, and even articles on research directions in ocular trauma.

This work evolved from articles presented at the Congress on Ocular Trauma, and, in compiling the work and viewpoints of so many different authors, is a notable achievement. As with any such work, however, it does suffer from a certain