July 1997

The Lacrimal System

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Madison, Wis


edited by Jeffrey Jay Hurwitz, MD, FRCS, 351 pp, with illus, $125, ISBN 0-7817-0334-4, New York, NY, Lippincott-Raven Publishers, 1996.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1997;115(7):948. doi:10.1001/archopht.1997.01100160118037

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This text on the lacrimal system is an excellent volume that will certainly fill an important niche among a large number of books on ophthalmic plastic, reconstructive, and orbital surgery. Dr Hurwitz grouped the 39 chapters into 4 sections: "Basic Sciences," "Investigation," "Clinical Presentation and Management," and "Surgery of Lacrimal Drainage." Although 19 contributors are listed, each chapter is either authored solely or coauthored by Dr Hurwitz. This provides a continuity of writing style and content that is often lacking in texts with multiple authors.

The first section, "Basic Sciences," includes chapters on the anatomy, embryology, and physiology of the lacrimal system, nose, and paranasal sinuses. Each of these chapters covers the basic knowledge needed to acquire a fundamental understanding of the normal functioning and pathological conditions that affect the lacrimal system. The chapters titled "Anatomy and Physiology of Tear Secretion," "Physiology of the Lacrimal Drainage System," and "Anatomy of

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