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Book and Software Review
May 2001

Cataract Surgery in Complicated Cases

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by Lucio Buratto, MD, Robert H. Osher, MD, and Samuel Masket, MD, 500 pp, with illus, $165, ISBN 1-55642-467-1, Thorofare, NJ, SLACK Inc, 2000.

Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(5):786-787. doi:

In reviewing the book Cataract Surgery in Complicated Cases, I found many examples of poor editing. Excluding references, I note approximately 100 typographical errors, some trivial and some obscuring the meaning of the sentence. An egregious example of the former is the title of chapter 15, "Catarat [sic] Surgery in Patients with Uveitis." "Catarat" is carried in the running header throughout the chapter. The header also substitutes "pathients" for "patients." A more substantial omission is found in chapter 3, page 25, where it is stated, " . . . the gene for posterior polar cataracts has been linked to the haptoglobin locus on chromosome 16 and also to the short arm of chromosome." Here, the second chromosome cited is not numbered. In chapter 6, page 54, the text reads, ". . . frequently it may not be possible measure that it is perpendicular simultaneously on the optic surfaces if the anterior segment and the retinal plane, because the anatomical conditions prevent the measurement from being taken." What does this mean? According to chapter 19, page 253, "a typical dose for most adults is 50 mL of 255 mannitol." What is 255 mannitol?

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