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In a strict sense, an atlas is a collection of maps; this atlas maps the surgical world of 3 well-known New York ophthalmologists. They make no attempt to review the advantages and disadvantages of various operative procedures and devote relatively little text to the indications for surgery, prevention of complications, or matters other than those basic techniques they prefer. According to the preface, their "aim has been safety."
To accomplish their primary purpose of preparing "a guide to resident surgeons," the authors have utilized 852 excellent line drawings by Daisy Stilwell. These attractive and effective drawings speak for themselves; consequently, they are published with only brief explanatory legends. This makes the book simple to comprehend, but it has some disadvantages. A book which is largely dependent upon drawings, even excellent ones, is certain to be sketchy because some phases of ophthalmic surgery, such as surgery for retinal detachment, require description
Swan KC. Atlas of Eye Surgery.. Arch Ophthalmol. 1962;68(3):438. doi:10.1001/archopht.1962.00960030442021