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March 15, 1952

Surgery of the Oblique Muscles of the Eye

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By Walter H. Fink, M.D. Cloth. $8.75. Pp. 350, with 93 illustrations. C. V. Mosby Company, 3207 Washington Blvd., St. Louis 3, 1951.

JAMA. 1952;148(11):973. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930110095035

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This monograph, summarizing current knowledge on the superior and inferior oblique muscles of the eye, includes not only the author's extensive personal experiences and research but also an extensive discussion of the entire literature on the subject. Until recently these muscles were forbidden territory to the ophthalmic surgeon, who confined his operative procedures on the extraocular muscles to the four recti. Because of increased interest in the subject, this volume is particularly timely, and, although certain aspects of oblique surgery are still controversial, a book of this type does much to crystallize ophthalmic understanding and practice. There is a full discussion of the embryology, comparative anatomy, developmental anomalies, microscopic and gross anatomy, and surgical anatomy of the oblique muscles, in the first section of the book. The second part deals with the management of oblique muscle defects and includes discussions on etiology, physiology, diagnosis, surgical indications, and surgical techniques. The

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