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May 1991

Atlas of Contemporary Ophthalmic Surgery

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Boston, Mass

Arch Ophthalmol. 1991;109(5):625. doi:10.1001/archopht.1991.01080050039019

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Henry M. Clayman notes in his foreword to this 1000-page atlas that the "contemporary spurt of progress in ophthalmology has necessitated a new atlas" and "I have tried to produce a comprehensive work without miring the reader in variations of technique."

The Atlas of Contemporary Ophthalmic Surgery is divided into eight sections, including corneal surgery, cataract surgery, glaucoma, strabismus, vitreous, retinal, and ophthalmic plastic and orbital surgery. A good portion of the atlas is devoted to the excellent illustrations by Virginia Hoyt Cantaralla and Monika Bittman, which add a considerable dimension to the atlas itself.

"This book represents a good addition for the general ophthalmologist...."

Because there are relatively few authors involved with the atlas, there is some tendency for the authors' individual biases to show with regard to surgical techniques. An example is Charles' discussion of cryopexy vs retinal diathermy, in which rather dogmatic statements are made favoring diathermy.

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