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Book and Software Review
April 2004

Planet of the Blind

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Arch Ophthalmol. 2004;122(4):666. doi:10.1001/archopht.122.4.666

This book is a memoir by Stephen Kuusisto, an assistant professor inthe Department of English at Ohio State University. This is a remarkable storyabout personal growth, from denial to acceptance of his legal blindness fromretinopathy of prematurity. His rich descriptive abilities give the readeran opportunity to view the world through his eyes: "So I am blind in a bittersweetway: I see like a person who looks through a kaleidoscope; my impressionsof the world are at once beautiful and largely useless."