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September 1986

Advances in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: Blepharospasm

Arch Ophthalmol. 1986;104(9):1283. doi:10.1001/archopht.1986.01050210037019

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Essential blepharospasm and related facial movement disorders remain among the most enigmatic and frustrating problems in terms of both etiology and treatment.

This edition of Advances in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, devoted to blepharospasm, represents the most comprehensive attempt to date of defining, categorizing, and describing the pathophysiology and potential treatments of this disabling condition. It consists of 40 short chapters, all by well-respected persons in the field of blepharospasm.

The volume is directed to the subspecialist in oculoplastic surgery, neurology, and even psychiatry, as well as to the general ophthalmologist who desires additional knowledge in the area. Of extreme value to the ophthalmologist is Dr John Henderson's 1956 thesis on blepharospasm, which is reprinted. This thesis is a very thorough and pertinent description of the history and evolution of the disorder and its treatment.

Following this is an introduction by Ms Mattie Lou Koster, a woman afflicted with

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