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Many of us have fond memories of the "Washington of St. Louis Manual" for emergency medical care; for a rushed surgical or medical house officer it was perhaps the only source that was convenient and detailed enough for the immediate situation. I think that the Handbook of Ophthalmologic Emergencies will be such a book for the ophthalmic house officer, as well as the emergency room physician. I have had the opportunity to refer to this book in emergency situations and find that the format permits rapid reference bolstered by an adequate bibliography for more intensive investigation.
The chapters concerned with ophthalmic trauma are particularly helpful. There is a detailed and rational approach to these problems, with many helpful hints in diagnosis and medical and surgical therapy. The chapter on neuro-ophthalmologic emergencies, while adequate, is probably the weakest area in the book. The very nature of the subject makes it
Putnoi DW. Handbook of Ophthalmologic Emergencies (A Guide for Emergencies in Ophthalmology). Arch Ophthalmol. 1974;91(2):167. doi:10.1001/archopht.1974.03900060173018
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