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October 22, 1982

Ophthalmic Surgery: Principles and Practice

Author Affiliations

University of Iowa Iowa City


edited by George L. Spaeth, 775 pp, with illus, $85, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1982.

JAMA. 1982;248(16):2054-2055. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330160092039

The editor has collaborated with 11 other surgeons to produce this excellent volume. As in any multiauthored book, the chapters are of varying quality. Some of the contributors have written magnificent chapters, while other contributions are rather sketchy.

With the editor's interest in glaucoma, it is no surprise that the chapter on glaucoma is outstanding. Dr Spaeth has also written some chapters on principles and basic concepts, and these are worth reading for anybody who wants to do ophthalmic surgery. The chapters on cataract (George Weinstein) and the cornea (S. A. Boruchoff and G. N. Foulks) are outstanding. They present the problem in a concise and precise form and describe and evaluate the various surgical procedures. The chapter on plastic surgery (C. R. Leone) has excellent drawings that should help orient any young surgeon who would like to operate on the lids or the lacrimal apparatus.

It is refreshing to