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June 1955

Advanced Surgery of Cataract.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1955;53(6):924. doi:10.1001/archopht.1955.00930010932029

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As explained in the foreword, this book was completed on Sunday, Dec. 27, 1953, the day on which Dr. Daniel B. Kirby succumbed to a heart attack. In his first book, "The Surgery of Cataract," published in 1950, there were many controversial issues upon which Dr. Kirby did not take a definitive position, probably feeling that in a book of that character all sides should be presented without bias. In this book Dr. Kirby has stated his position, and the main framework of the book is built of his own ideas, which those who knew him well realized were frequently original and decided—for example, the use of curare in cataract surgery. Like the first, this book is beautifully illustrated, and the two volumes together constitute a monumental work. Ophthalmology is deeply indebted to Kirby for this complete documentation of our knowledge of cataract surgery.

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