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Book and Software Review
August 2001

Manual of Retinal Surgery

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edited by Andrew J. Packer, MD, 137 pp, with illus, $34.95, ISBN 0-7506-7106-8, Woburn, Mass, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2001.


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

Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(8):1231. doi:

After reviewing this book, I must agree with the foreward by Dr Thomas Aaberg, Sr. He begins by stating that a manual is a "book limited to the important facts and necessary instruction to accomplish a task." Andrew J. Packer, MD, has compiled 10 chapters on the basics of retinal surgery, written in concise, step-by-step language by renowned surgeons. Its uncluttered style allows for quick reference on common surgical techniques.

The book starts with Dr Packer's succinct review of vitreoretinal anatomy. The clinical evaluation of the retina by Stanley Chang, MD, naturally follows. Dr Chang refreshes our memories on the conventional techniques of retinal drawing and color schemes. I particularly enjoyed the review of Lincoff's rules for finding the hole in a retinal detachment.

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