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May 1992

Treatment of Retinopathy of Prematurity

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Boston, Mass

Arch Ophthalmol. 1992;110(5):614. doi:10.1001/archopht.1992.01080170036016

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This is a brief but complete review of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) therapy. Three separate aspects are covered: the historical perspective, the current standards of clinical care, and the associated medicolegal issues. The past 40 years' successes and failures in preventing and treating ROP, starting with the initial recognition of the disease in the early 1940s, are expertly detailed. The series of chapters that delineate the currently accepted standards of care of ROP in the United States are also excellent. Unfortunately, the book is less successful in its attempt to analyze the complex medicolegal issues surrounding ROP therapy.

The book is divided into 12 chapters written by eight contributors. Five of the chapters discuss historical aspects of ROP diagnosis, research, and therapy. Five later chapters discuss current diagnosis and management issues surrounding ROP, including the international classification of ROP (ICROP), the results of the Cryo-ROP study, the indications for scleral

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