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January 4, 1985

Ocular and Periocular Trauma: A Slide-Tape Presentation of the Wilmer Institute

Author Affiliations

University of Iowa College of Medicine Iowa City


by Lawrence W. Hirst, Ronald G. Michels, and W. Jackson lliff (Sights and Sounds in Ophthalmology, vol 5), 65 pp, 200 slides, and 3 cassettes, paper, $225, St Louis, CV Mosby Co, 1984.

JAMA. 1985;253(1):87. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03350250095040

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Shortly after World War II, Derick Vail, the eminent Chicago ophthalmologist, pointed out the critical role that should be played by the eye surgeon in caring for ocular trauma patients. Ocular trauma is still a leading cause of blindness in this country. The authors of Ocular and Periocular Trauma have produced a slide, tape, and text presentation to help eye surgeons learn more sophisticated and rational intraoperative approaches to ocular trauma.

The presentation is composed of a set of 200 slides with an accompanying text (which is also on cassette tape). The clinical slides are of excellent quality and the schematic slides present the authors' points in a direct fashion. The text itself is a concise one, full of precise recommendations. For instance, specific needles and sutures are recommended for the repair of certain injuries.

The presentation is divided into three portions: anterior-segment trauma, posterior-segment trauma, and periocular trauma. The