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July 1975

Practical Management of Ocular Injuries (International Ophthalmology Clinics)

Arch Ophthalmol. 1975;93(7):544. doi:10.1001/archopht.1975.01010020560022

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As its title states, this book has a practical purpose. The editor's preface sharpens the issue: The management of ocular trauma may confront the surgeon with his greatest challenges. He may be faced with a situation unique in his experience, the extent of which becomes apparent only as he proceeds to attempt the repair. He may find that he nears or exceeds the extent of his training and competence. He is faced... with questions concerning the minimal repair that is adequate, the maximum of repair that the organ can tolerate, and what should be done immediately versus what is best repaired at a later date.

If experience be equated with the lessons learned from the sum total of one's mistakes, the rarity of serious ocular injuries provides little opportunity for most ophthalmologists to acquire either a wealth of favorable experience or a burden of costly lessons. Lacking a fund of

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