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August 8, 1953

J. Meller Ophthalmic Surgery: A Handbook of Surgical Operations on the Eyeball and Its Appendages.

JAMA. 1953;152(15):1490. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690150094025

The descriptions of various operative procedures are concisely and clearly written and are amply illustrated with drawings and photographs. With the gradual improvement in the technique of dacryocystorhinostomy, the indications for the classical Meller technique, however, are gradually becoming fewer. In the chapter on cataract surgery, the statement "Whoever has had experience of performing very many extracapsular extractions, with almost no complications, even in cases with quite immature cataracts, will naturally have but little inclination to change a reliable technique for a more daring procedure" gives the impression that the author prefers the extracapsular technique of cataract extraction. Like most European ophthalmic surgeons, he omits the retrobulbar injection and the generally accepted preplaced or postplaced corneoscleral sutures. The postoperative medication is brought up-to-date by the translators.

In view of the recent advances made with contact lenses and other optic aids, surgery of high myopia is no longer advisable because of

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