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August 26, 1939

The Principles and Practice of Ophthalmic Surgery

JAMA. 1939;113(9):881. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800340151027

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In the review of as comprehensive a textbook as this, it seems more important to tell the reader what is in the book rather than write a polemic on the differences of opinion of the author and the reviewer. Here is a new textbook, covering the standard principles and practices of ophthalmic surgery with but few omissions. Adopting a somewhat different form from the usual, the author properly devotes more time and space to adequate discussion of indications for operation and to thorough descriptions of after-care and complications than to mere technical statements of operative procedures. It is an elaboration of the method used so successfully by Elschnig in the "Operationslehre" of the Graefe-Saemisch Handbuch. Each aspect has an adequate bibliography, starting wisely about where the Elschnig book left off, thus not confusing the reader with extensive references to the older and now abandoned methods. There are twenty-six chapters in

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