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Book and Software Review
July 2004

Lasers in Ophthalmology—Basic,Diagnostic and Surgical Aspects: A Review

Author Affiliations
 

BARBARA ABLODIMD

 

Franz Fankhauser, MD, and Sylwia Kwasniewska, MD, eds, 452 pp, with392 illus, $236.50, ISBN 90-6299-189-0, The Hague, the Netherlands, KuglerPublications, 2003.

Arch Ophthalmol. 2004;122(7):1094-1095. doi:10.1001/archopht.122.7.1094

This text is a feast for the eyes and the mind. The senior editor, FranzFankhauser, has been personally involved with a great deal of both the theoryand the practice of what is covered in Lasers in Ophthalmology—Basic,Diagnostic and Surgical Aspects: A Review. Professor Fankhauser andhis latest publication are in many ways metaphors for each other; they areboth theoretically brilliant and clinically relevant.

The authors' approach to their subjects is comprehensive and authoritative.Subjects range from philosophical consideration of the purposes of surgerythrough the physics of laser imaging, the biophysics of laser effects, andclinical applications—both well established and more experimental—ina wide variety of conditions. Most of the 42 chapters are written by the individualswho have been the pioneers, the investigators, and the practitioners mostinvolved in the field.

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