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April 1980

Genesis of Glaucoma

Arch Ophthalmol. 1980;98(4):773. doi:10.1001/archopht.1980.01020030767028

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In this small volume, there are about 35 papers that were presented by many of the world's leading glaucoma authorities at the Wessely Symposium, October 1974, in Munich, Germany. The meeting was devoted to papers on the pathogenesis of glaucoma.

The long delay between the symposium and the publication of its transactions is unfortunate. However, progress in this difficult area of research comes slowly and little of the information in the book is seriously out of date. The papers, in general, summarize each author's work in the field and do not include new data. In some instances, the discussion that follows the papers is of more interest than the paper itself. The discussions highlight the areas where authorities disagree. And the disagreement is often enthusiastic.

I recommend this book to those interested in an overview of the pathogenesis of intraocular pressure elevation and optic nerve damage in glaucoma.

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