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April 1995

Choroidal and Ciliary Body Malignant Melanoma

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Madison, Wis

Arch Ophthalmol. 1995;113(4):417. doi:10.1001/archopht.1995.01100040031020

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In the not-too-distant past, it was often stated that choroidal melanomas were sufficiently rare to warrant evaluation and treatment by a handful of specialists who dealt only with such problems. I am not so sure this is true anymore. From 1986 to 1993, the Collaborative Ocular Melanoma Study (COMS) investigators have evaluated 5239 new patients for choroidal melanoma in 44 centers. It certainly remains the most common primary intraocular malignant disease, and as such it would seem deserving of a book devoted to the subject. In his book, Choroidal and Ciliary Body Malignant Melanoma, Johnson has attempted to fill that void and, I think, has succeeded rather well. The book is comprehensive but not overburdening, and he has chosen to give a balanced view of the controversies in the management of the condition. Because diagnosis does not seem to be quite the problem it was in the past (the COMS

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