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March 1963

Surgery of the Vertical Muscles of the Eye.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1963;69(3):418-419. doi:10.1001/archopht.1963.00960040424030

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The first third of the book deals with the embryology, comparative anatomy, and gross and microscopic anatomy of the vertical muscles. It is compiled from studies and specimens prepared by the author and from extensive reading of the standard authorities on the subject. Important features are excellent line drawings, some in color, which accompany and help to clarify reproduced photographs of specimens. These illustrate Fink's simple and lucid descriptions of the elevators and depressors of the eyes, together with their fasciae and their relations to other orbital structures.

One of the best parts of the book is the short chapter on the history of operations on the obliques. One has to agree that "the ophthalmic surgeon's goal is increasingly a good functional result rather than a satisfactory cosmetic one." It should, however, be kept in mind that in the majority of cases, the patient is looking for a satisfactory cosmetic

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