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Book and Software Review
January 2001

Refractive Surgery

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edited by Helen K. Wu, MD, Vance M. Thompson, MD, Roger F. Steinert, MD, Peter S. Hersh, MD, and Stephen G. Slade, 624 pp, with 486 illus, $175, 0-86577-759-4, New York, NY, Thieme New York, 1999.


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

Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(1):147. doi:

Refractive Surgery combines the contributions of multiple experts in reviewing the field of refractive surgery. The book's 34 chapters, which are divided into 7 sections, are well written and contain informative color diagrams and photographs.

As with any book with multiple authors, there is the advantage of permitting each chapter to stand on its own and the disadvantage of some material being repeated throughout the various chapters. For example, the history of Barraquer's work in developing corneal lamellar refractive keratoplasty is repeated in 3 successive chapters. In addition, the contradictory recommendations by different authors, which reflect personal practice patterns rather than commonly accepted standards may confuse the novice refractive surgeon.

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