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July 1989

Retinopathy of Prematurity: Problem and Challenge

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Boston, Mass

Arch Ophthalmol. 1989;107(7):967-968. doi:10.1001/archopht.1989.01070020029019

Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) has been a continuing problem and challenge to pediatricians and ophthalmologists since it was first described in 1942.1 It was a leading cause of childhood blindness in the 1940s and 1950s,2 and with the survival of even smaller premature infants, has become common again as a cause of serious visual loss.

This book, containing the proceedings of a symposium held in 1985, is a good introduction for newcomers to the field as well as a useful review of work done up until 1985 for those with a special interest in ROP. It will be primarily of interest to pediatric ophthalmologists, retinal surgeons, and general ophthalmologists responsibile for examining infants in newborn nurseries. Neonatologists also will find their understanding of ROP enhanced by reviewing the book. It starts appropriately with a warm and moving dedication to William A. Silverman, who has written so much about

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