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March 1988

Manual of Corneal Surgery

Arch Ophthalmol. 1988;106(3):320. doi:10.1001/archopht.1988.01060130346016

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Manual of Corneal Surgery, edited by Bruner, Stark, and Maumenee, is a well-organized, concise overview of surgical techniques, useful to the general ophthalmologist as well as corneal surgeons, students, residents, and fellows. The book is divided into 13 chapters written by 17 acknowledged experts.

"... it is the best medical textbook buy of the year."

Anatomy, with its clinical relevance, is well covered. A practical chapter on preoperative evaluation includes excellent discussions of potential acuity tests, prognostic factors, and the recipient environment, both physical and socioeconomic. Five chapters are devoted to keratoplasty. The chapter on penetrating keratoplasty contains many very practical details and pearls of advice carefully elucidated by the very experienced authors. They adequately illustrate such points as tying the running suture and reforming the anterior chamber. My major criticism of the entire book lies in these authors' startling and highly questionable statement: "A small wound leak or a leakage

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