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Book Reviews
August 1999

Phacodynamics: Mastering the Tools and Techniques of Phacoemulsification

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3rd ed, edited by Barry S. Seibel, MD, 290 pp, with illus, $125, ISBN 1-55642-388-8, Thorofare, NJ, SLACK Inc, 1999.


Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999

Arch Ophthalmol. 1999;117(8):1101. doi:

Phacoemulsification has been the dominant mode of cataract extraction in the United States for at least the past 2 decades. As such, it has generated its own genre of monographs, initially emphasizing the conversion to phacoemulsification and later stressing the fashionable technique of the moment or the author's favored methods, which were often outdated by the time of publication. This text takes a much different approach. It deconstructs phacoemulsification, examining in detail the function of each part of the phacoemulsification instruments and the mechanics of each part of the procedure. It is akin to the text Eye Surgeryby Georg Eisner (2nd ed; Berlin, Germany: Springler-Verlag; 1990) a classic, detailed description of the physical principles of ophthalmic surgery.

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