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Book and Software Review
July 2001

A Practical Guide to Minimal Surgery for Retinal Detachment, Volumes 1 and 2

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by Ingrid Kreissig, MD, 368 pp, with 176 illus, $29, ISBN 3-13111-061-9, New York, NY, Thieme-Stuttgart, 2000.


Copyright 2001 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2001

Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(7):1087-1088. doi:

The first volume of A Practical Guide to Minimal Retinal Detachment Surgery, by Ingrid Kreissig, is a survey of Dr Kreissig's and Dr Lincoff's experience with scleral buckling surgery, and serves as a historical review of the evolution of retinal detachment repair throughout the latter part of the 20th century. It is a compilation of many of their important contributions to the literature (finding the retinal break, cryopexy, nondrainage, segmental sponges) and a must for fellows and residents interested in retinal detachment repair. It may also be a quick "refresher" for the seasoned vitreoretinal surgeon. The book makes compelling arguments for reconsidering the segmental sponge, a lost art in many teaching programs. Dr Kreissig's theme for retinal surgery is "less is better," since the retina does want to heal itself and if we do not do too much to it, it probably will.

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