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August 1972

The Endothelium of the Cornea and Its Clinical Implications

Arch Ophthalmol. 1972;88(2):232-233. doi:10.1001/archopht.1972.01000030234028

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This monograph on the corneal endothelium is written by an expert who has devoted most of his academic career to this one-cell-thick layer. Dr. Stocker has, on clinical grounds, earlier than most investigators realized the key importance of the endothelium for the hydration of the cornea and its role for success in corneal transplantation. He was, in 1952, the first who showed that penetrating keratoplasty can be successfully performed in corneal edema, and this has now become standard treatment of the advanced cases.

This book, now in its second edition, reviews what is known about the endothelium from embryology, anatomy, and physiology to the clinical implications. The average busy ophthalmologist will find little interest in this book. Rather, it is written for the investigator or surgeon who is particularly concerned with the cornea and, obviously, every ophthalmological library should carry it for reference.

There are a few controversial parts included,

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