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December 1990

Viscoelastic Materials: Basic Science and Clinical Applications

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Boston, Mass

Arch Ophthalmol. 1990;108(12):1679. doi:10.1001/archopht.1990.01070140033017

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This is a 259-page book covering the proceedings of the Second International Symposium of the Northern Eye Institute, Manchester, England, July 17 through 19, 1986. It is the Second volume in the Pergamon Press Vision and Visual Health Care Series.

"... I do not feel that I gained practical, useful information from [this book]."

The material has been organized into four sections, subtitled "Properties of All Viscosurgical Materials and Their Fate in the Eye," "Anterior and Posterior Segment Viscosurgery," "Viscoelastic Concepts in Ocular Surgery," and "Non-surgical Uses of Viscoelastic Materials." The contributions follow varying formats, ranging from transcripts of panel discussions to journal article layouts to reviews. While this assortment is refreshing to read, it unfortunately makes it difficult to quickly find information when using the book as a reference.

Viscoelastic Materials is replete with historic anecdotes, rheologic minutiae, in vitro toxicology, catabolism, sodium hyaluronate (Healon) usage in chemical burns in

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