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August 1980

Queratomileusis y Queratofaquia

Arch Ophthalmol. 1980;98(8):1492. doi:10.1001/archopht.1980.01020040344031

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This book is a splendid summary of the experimental and clinical work done by Jose Barraquer and his pupils at the Eye Institute in Bogota, Colombia. It is a monument to the clinical ingenuity, technical know-how, mechanical talents, and computer background of the author.

The history of these operations is interesting to follow. More than 30 years ago, the author started his first attempts to change the size and curvature of a corneal implant. At that time, the operation was done in a hospital, and the piece of cornea had to be taken by car to the laboratory several kilometers away. During the years, these procedures have developed into a highly sophisticated operation that could only be approached and attempted by a few institutions and centers.

The book goes into a painstaking, detailed description of the operation and the theoretical background. It gives numerous mathematical calculations, tables, and charts

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