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August 1986

Retinal Disease: Pathogenesis, Laser Therapy, and Surgery

Arch Ophthalmol. 1986;104(8):1142. doi:10.1001/archopht.1986.01050200048042

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This compact volume is divided into three sections: "The Retina and Its Reactions" "Detachments of the Retina" and "Retinal Vascular, Inflammatory, and Degenerative Diseases."

Section 1 deals with surgically relevant anatomical aspects of the eye and reviews biophysical principles of photocoagulation, diathermy, cryotherapy techniques, and intraocular gases. The anatomy chapter is clear, concise, and well illustrated with drawings and photomicrographs. Biophysical principles are simplified and summarized in chapter 2 with equal effectiveness. This section cites over 200 references to the literature. Although a compulsive retinologist might quibble over details (eg, precise location of macular xanthophyll pigment), point to oversimplification (eg, number of vortex veins), or debate the physics of thermal tissue injury, this section is a fine presentation of these subjects.

Retinal detachment surgical methods are based on scientific observations, but therapeutic decisions and the craft itself are influenced by experience with particular techniques and may have traditional local roots.

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