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This book represents the proceedings of the Fourth Biennial Cataract Congress, established and organized by Robert C. Welsh of Miami, Fla. This congress has a quite specific and characteristic organization and setup. A great number of participants present short papers in rapid succession. These papers are then discussed by a panel of experts, and questions from the audience are welcome. Whenever a controversial question arises, the audience is polled and the results are made public. This type of setup has proved to be most successful for this kind of congress. The organization has been flawless, the participants have all been interesting, and the discussion has been highly stimulating. It is quite likely that this congress will continue to take place every two years, though Dr Welsh would like to slowly relinquish his leadership.
The question is only whether it is of any advantage to publish the proceedings of such a