by John D. Scott, MA, FRCS, FRCOphth, 384 pp, with illus, $235, ISBN 0-7216-6842-9, Oxford, England, Butterworth-Heinemann Publishers, 1998.
Scott's Surgery for Retinal and Vitreous Diseaseis must reading for every vitreoretinal surgeon and especially so for those in training. This is because the author succeeds beautifully in his goal of presenting "an entirely personal view" of vitreoretinal surgery. Rather than reviewing the voluminous published results of others, Scott proceeds to present his own strategies based on his understanding of the pathophysiology of various disorders.
Of course, the book can be called "idiosyncratic." The author has no place in his options for pneumatic retinopexy; he occasionally treats asymptomatic breaks in nonfellow eyes to assuage the anxiety of the patient, and avoids inner-limiting membrane dissection in macular hole surgery. His opinions on the lack of persistent traction after tear formation is controversial, but his arguments are clearly presented. Similarly, Scott argues forcefully that binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy-guided vitrectomy surgery is more useful than microscope-aided techniques. One suspects that this is indeed true for Scott, but only because of his outstanding surgical dexterity and vast experience.
GOTTLIEB JL. Surgery for Retinal and Vitreous Disease. Arch Ophthalmol. 1999;117(3):421. doi: