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November 1977

Controversy in Ophthalmology

Arch Ophthalmol. 1977;95(11):2081-2082. doi:10.1001/archopht.1977.04450110175035

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This is a most fascinating and stimulating book. In close to a thousand pages, the book contains most of the problem areas of present ophthalmology; it is a report on the state of the art in ophthalmology. The approach of the book is unusual, but most rewarding. The editors selected a number of controversial topics. One editor introduces the problem and delineates the issue. The topic is then discussed by at least two essayists who present opposite views. The editor then summarizes the arguments and draws conclusions. Thirty such topics are discussed, and nearly all of them make interesting reading.

Some of these arguments are really classic, for instance, the chapter on the use of steroids in herpes simplex keratitis. Most of us would probably go along with the ideas presented in the first essay (written by Deborah Pavan-Langston and Mark B. Abelson) and concede that there is an occasional

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