June 1972

Retinal Diseases in Children.

Author Affiliations

New York


By William Tasman, MD. Price, $15. Pp 260 with 83 illustrations. Harper & Row Publishers, 49 E 33rd St, New York 10016, 1971.

Am J Dis Child. 1972;123(6):616. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1972.02110120140035

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This volume consists of contributions by ten authors covering topics of interest to both pediatrician and ophthalmologist. A listing of the specific chapter headings describes the great variety of material presented and includes congenital retinal diseases, abnormalities of the posterior pole and pigmentary retinal disorders, retinal tumors, Coat's disease, the phakomatoses, retrolental fibroplasia, juvenile retinal detachment, the lipidoses, ocular inflammation, and the retina in rubella.

The chapters on tumors, retrolental fibroplasia, and the lipidoses were particularly well written and informative.

It was good to see retrolental fibroplasia reemphasized again as a pediatric eye problem. Catheterization of the umbilical artery with monitoring of the arterial Po2 content from 60-90 mm until respiratory distress seems unlikely appears to be a better approach to the prevention of retrolental fibroplasia than limiting the flow of oxygen to 40% as was the general rule in the past decade.

The chapter on the lipidoses is

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