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September 1953

Meller's Ophthalmic Surgery: A Handbook of Surgical Operations on the Eyeball and Its Appendages.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1953;50(3):397. doi:10.1001/archopht.1953.00920030404026

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The first edition of this well-known text on ophthalmic surgery appeared in 1918. Since then the book has gone through six revisions. The last, brings the material well up-to-date, but includes only those operations which, as stated by the translators, have been "thoroughly tried, evaluated and proved best at the Vienna Clinic." The authors have also added an appendix describing recent advances in ophthalmic surgery, which will be found of value.

The description of the surgical techniques is excellent, and the indications for the use of the procedure, and the complications which may occur during and after the procedure, are well described. There are, however, several grave faults in the book. For example, the chapter dealing with glaucoma surgery makes no division of cases of glaucoma into those of narrow-angle and those of openangle type. The indications for the various procedures which are given are, therefore, not based on modern

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