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Book and Software Review
July 2000

Companion Handbook to the Cornea, 2nd ed

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by Herbert E. Kaufman, MD, Bruce A. Barron, MD, Marguerite B. McDonald, MD, and Stephen C. Kaufman, MD, PhD, 959 pp, with illus, $79.95, ISBN 0-7506-7144-0, Woburn, Mass, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2000.

Arch Ophthalmol. 2000;118(7):1009. doi:

This book represents the third installment in a series. The full text, The Cornea, 2nd ed, was recently updated and reviewed (Arch Ophthalmol. 1999;117:551). That text remains one of the most comprehensive texts in the fields of cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery and belongs in any complete personal library. It is extremely well-written and printed on high-grade paper with numerous quality color and black-and-white illustrations. Almost all chapters cover pathophysiology, diagnosis, and both medical and surgical treatments while maintaining the clinical perspective required by today's busy physician. I found the first 100 pages, which succinctly update the reader on basic science issues, very useful. At more than 1000 pages and approximately 9 lb (4 kg), however, the text is not one that easily fits in one's pocket or carrying case. The cost, $265, may also be a deterrent, particularly to residents and fellows.

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