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February 1975

Practical Ophthalmologist

Arch Ophthalmol. 1975;93(2):168. doi:10.1001/archopht.1975.01010020174021

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This short book, dedicated to Ida Mann, consists of round-table discussions by Asian, Australian, and American ophthalmologists. The areas covered include cataract surgery, angle-closure glaucoma, soft contact lens, and acupuncture anesthesia. The purpose of this book, according to the editors, is to increase communication between "colleagues in the different continents of our rapidly shrinking world." Certainly, in recent years, we have learned that it is important for us to keep abreast of what is happening in other countries, be it in politics, economics, or medicine.

Unfortunately, the vast portion of this book is devoted to questions asked by the Asian editors and answered by the non-Asian panel members, many of whom are already well known in the American literature. The discussions are rather elementary and more appropriate for a beginning resident. Rather than informing us of what Asian ophthalmologists are doing, it gives us merely a superficial version of the

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