by Caroline MacEwen, FRCS, FRCOphth, MD, and Richard M. C. Gregson,BM, BCh, MA, DPhil, FRCS, FRCOphth, 256 pp, with illus, $55, ISBN 0-7506-5248-9,Philadelphia, Pa, Elsevier Science, 2002.
I would like to congratulate the authors on their work. This book isa complete review of strabismus surgery that has been organized in a logicalfashion with complimentary illustrations. Within the preface, on page ix,the authors state, "we feel, however, that most books about strabismus havebeen a little light on the precise ways to perform squint surgery and we hopethat we have produced a text that gives a step-by-step guide to this." Theauthors are also quick to clarify in the next sentence that "the aim is tosteer the ophthalmologist without a specialist interest in strabismus towardsthe correct initial surgical treatment, and to give the nonoperating specialist(eg, orthoptist) enough information so that any of the patient's queries couldbe answered." Indeed, this is one of the few books about strabismus to actuallyprovide a "step-by-step guide." However, it is important not to underestimatethe invaluable role of formal instruction when it comes to caring for individualswith strabismus, and it is my belief that such patients deserve no less.
Manual of Strabismus Surgery. Arch Ophthalmol. 2004;122(7):1095-1096. doi:10.1001/archopht.122.7.1095-b