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April 1964

Ocular Surgery.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1964;71(4):601. doi:10.1001/archopht.1964.00970010617034

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The reviewer reports on this massive volume with mixed feelings. There are a number of statements which will not be readily accepted by most American surgeons. For instance, it is noted that most ophthalmologists operate without gloves, that catgut is seldom employed in ophthalmic surgery, and that 90% alcohol is a good agent for sterilizing cutting instruments. Few would follow the advice to perform a 200-300 cc phlebotomy at the operating table when the patient's blood pressure was above 190-200. A minor annoyance to American surgeons will be the lack of recognition of many proprietary medications which are mentioned by their European names.

It is unfortunate that so many typographical errors are encountered—as many as seven on one page. An enclosed errata sheet hardly begins to cover the errors. This is certainly not the author's fault and can be attributed only to inadequate proof reading. However, the book is beautifully

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