BARBARA A.BLODIMDJUSTIN L.GOTTLIEBMD
Marc M. Whitacre, MD, 370 pp, with illus, $135, ISBN 0-7506-9713-X, Newton, Mass, Butterworth-Heinemann, 1998.
Intraocular air has been used to treat various conditions, including retinal detachment, and as an adjunct to intraocular surgery for many years, but only in the past decade or so have other longer-lasting gases become readily available for use by ophthalmic surgeons. Thus, it is time for someone to summarize our current knowledge of the subject. Dr Whitacre has done just that in this erudite exposition. Although the subject matter might lead one to think otherwise, this book is not light reading. Besides a wealth of clinical information, the book has illuminating chapters on the physics and chemistry of gases, the behavior of gas/fluid interfaces, the effects of movement of gases, and the physiological effect of gases on intraocular tissues. The chapter on the use of ultrasonography in gas-filled eyes is particularly instructive. In fact, the book may be so comprehensive as to be somewhat intimidating for the ordinary ophthalmologist or even for many retinal specialists. There may be more information here than many readers will want to know. It would definitely be material that would pique the interest of many retinal fellows.
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