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May 1978

So, You Have a Retinal Detachment: A Guide for Patients.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1978;96(5):919-920. doi:10.1001/archopht.1978.03910050511042

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This is a small and inexpensive book written primarily for the education of patients (and relatives of those) who have a retinal detachment and are facing an operation. The book describes in lay terms the mechanism of retinal detachment, its symptoms, the preoperative assessment, the surgical treatment, and the aftercare. The book is extremely complete and is quite detailed and, as such, may present more information than many patients care to have. However, the book is inexpensive and will certainly answer any question from patients or relatives.

This book is recommended for presentation or loan to any patient who is an inquisitive person and demonstrates real interest in the disease, its surgery, and aftercare. The book, however, probably will not supplant the small one- or two-page guides for care that most surgeons or retinal clinics give to patients.

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