December 1990

Stallard's Eye Surgery

Author Affiliations

Bronx, NY


7th ed, by M. J. Roper-Hall, 457 pp with illus, Stoneham, Mass, Butterworths, 1989, $150.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1990;108(12):1679-1680. doi:10.1001/archopht.1990.01070140033018

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Hyla Stallard first wrote this classic surgical text in 1946. Five editions were published through 1973, after which it was revised by Michael Roper-Hall. This seventh edition represents an extensive revision of Roper-Hall's original effort.

"... a valuable addition to the surgical library of any ophthalmologist... "

This book is unusual in today's ophthalmic surgical library in being a single-author text. As such, it maintains a consistency of style often lost in to-day's multiauthored tomes. Roper-Hall endeavors to cover the full range of eye surgery in 12 chapters, each dealing with one of the surgical sub-specialties.

The first two chapters on surgical equipment and anesthesia are remarkable for their good discussions of operating room and microsurgical instrumentation, suture needles and materials, and sterilization and anesthesia techniques. As a general introduction to the operating room, these reviews should be of particular interest to the surgeon-in-training. Chapters on eyelid and lacrimal surgery present a

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