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The authors state in the preface that this manual is for the resident surgeon, the "intracapsular surgeon" wanting to learn extracapsular surgery, and the extracapsular surgeon wanting to learn phacoemulsification. Practicing ophthalmologists seldom have time to read a text in its entirety. Most will read a selective chapter on a specific technique or a specific complication. The brevity of this manual, 91 pages, allows for cover-to-cover reading. The paperback is the third in a series published by Churchill Livingstone Inc that also includes Corneal Surgery and Common Ophthalmic Surgical Procedures. I expect that it will prove popular with the expanding number of extracapsular cataract surgeons worldwide.
The first one third of the manual is devoted to preoperative considerations. An ocular and medical history that includes questions about anticoagulant administration, aspirin ingestion, and antihypertensive therapy may prevent complications and disastrous results on the operating table. The authors emphasize that whenever possible,
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