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March 1968

Ocular Surgery Under the Microscope.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1968;79(3):353-354. doi:10.1001/archopht.1968.03850040355028

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This beautifully illustrated and concisely written book, the first on microsurgery, is now available in English as well as in German. It has been competently translated by Frederick Blodi, MD, and as Dr. Blodi has said in his foreword, "evaluated" by Derrick Vail, MD. The smooth and flowing style could only have resulted from a collaboration between these two men.

The authors begin by giving a brief history of microsurgery and show the instruments currently available for this new modality for ophthalmic surgery. Their text, beautifully illustrated by actual photographs taken through the microscope, shows the use of the microscope in the performance of surgery on the anterior segment. They show current techniques or their modifications performed under high magnification, which increases the accuracy by the increasing visualization through the dissecting microscope.

This reviewer has been fortunate enough to have spent some time with both Professors Harms and Mackensen

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