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March 1984

Complications in Ophthalmic Surgery

Arch Ophthalmol. 1984;102(3):344. doi:10.1001/archopht.1984.01040030274010

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This book has 19 chapters by different authors, many of them with past or present association with the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, Baltimore, concerning the prevention and/ or management of complications following modern ocular surgery. The first chapter on complications of anesthesia by Jay Jacoby, professor and chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, should certainly dissuade an ophthalmic surgeon from using general anesthesia unless necessary, and with an MD anesthesiologist. Many of the other chapters include a discussion of new complications related to the new techniques. Bibliographies are ample in most chapters.

Various aspects of ophthalmology have become so specialized that several complicated surgical techniques are usually relegated to the subspecialist. This book would be of little value to such a subspecialist, or to an ophthalmologist who does not perform these operations. Some of the presentations are elementary (eg, surgical anatomy and some techniques), are too general

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