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January 1978

Symposium on Retinal Diseases: Transactions of the New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology

Arch Ophthalmol. 1978;96(1):170. doi:10.1001/archopht.1978.03910050100029

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This book consists of the manuscripts submitted by the nine contributing speakers at the 1976 spring symposium sponsored by the New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology. There are three major sections: vitreous surgery, diabetic retinopathy, and macular disease. This ambitious project appears to have resulted in deficient coverage of all three subjects.

The first nine chapters on vitreous surgery contain discussions on office screening procedures, indications for surgery, and ultrasound evaluation. While two of the more popular instruments are not represented, there is overemphasis on instrumentation and technique and, unfortunately, a lack of surgical results.

Providing rather heavy reading, but important to all ophthalmologists is the opening chapter on diabetic retinopathy, which discusses the technical design and ethical considerations of randomized clinical trials. The remaining eight chapters are of variable quality and include such topics as techniques of focal and panretinal photocoagulation, pituitary ablation, management of traction detachments, and discussions on

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