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On the one hand, this book represents an act of piety on the part of Dr Kolder, who saw to completion the unfinished work of Dr Phelps. Charles Phelps, head of ophthalmology at the University of Iowa, died at 48 years of age of malignancy. On the other hand, the finished product should be useful to a large and diverse readership, few of whom are likely to be ophthalmic surgeons.
The established surgeon will be too fond of his own way of doing things to be concerned with how it is done at Iowa. However, nearly everyone else will profit from reading this 189-page summary of some 33 procedures. The medical student, exposed to up-close ophthalmology for perhaps the only time in his life; the family physician; the internist; the operating room nurse; and, above all, the ophthalmic resident will all use the book and its clear line drawings with
Albert M. Potts. Manual of Common Ophthalmic Surgical Procedures. JAMA. 1987;257(22):3142. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390220140045