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November 1955


AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1955;54(5):796-797. doi:10.1001/archopht.1955.00930020802033

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In this text one finds a very lucid description of every phase of corneal surgery. After an interesting foreword by Dr. Derrick Vail, the author presents his subject in 13 chapters, starting with a historical review and ending with a statistical analysis of his 365 operations. The tribulations of the early operators are related in a factual manner to show the influence they have exerted upon the development of keratoplasty. Von Hippel's suggestion of the need for homoplastic donor material and Filatov's demonstration of the usability of cadaver corneae are listed among the major contributions, as are the improvements in technique suggested by Tudor Thomas, Castroviejo, and others. The chapters on the anatomy and physiology of the cornea are written in simple, easily understandable terms.

The section entitled "Case Selection" contains the bulk of information on the indications for and contraindications to grafting in the various types of corneal disease.

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