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July 1991

Leaders in Ophthalmology in the Asia-Pacific, (vol 1), 280 pp, Major Eye Centers of the World, (vol 2), 189 pp, World's Major Blinding Conditions

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Boston, Mass

Arch Ophthalmol. 1991;109(7):931. doi:10.1001/archopht.1991.01080070043029

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Fifty-eight percent of the world's blind live in Asia. More than half of these cases are due to treatable cataracts and most of the rest are due to preventable diseases, yet less than 2% of the population have access to modern eye care. With these figures in mind, it was appropriate that the theme of the well-organized and well-attended 26th International Congress of Ophthalmology was "Prevention of Blindness." The publication of these three volumes coincided with that event.

"... the general reader who is unfamiliar with Asian and third-world ophthalmology will find many selections interesting and enlightening."

These slim books are glossy and colorful. The World's Major Blinding Conditions (volume 3) will most interest the general reader. No bibliographic citations are given, and no scientific reports are included. This work is a history and celebration of the myriad institutions, especially the "International Association for the Prevention of Blindness," involved in philanthropic

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