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January 1996

The Sclera

Author Affiliations

Madison, Wis

Arch Ophthalmol. 1996;114(1):111-112. doi:10.1001/archopht.1996.01100130107035

Drs Foster and de la Maza's book contains 316 pages that include nine chapters, 134 illustrations, and 33 color plates. Each chapter is orderly and methodical and reads with great clarity. The first two chapters cover the structural and immunologic considerations of the sclera and by themselves likely form a unique treatise that is unparalleled. The embryology of the sclera is covered in relation to the other ocular structures. The detail of these chapters is indeed substantial enough to include the cellular and extracellular changes of the sclera from gestation until late age. Chapter 5 details the pathology of episcleritis and scleritis. The reader may tend to gloss over the significant contributions from Dr Foster's own work in this well-referenced chapter. It should be recognized that his contributions to this chapter are derived from his laboratory, which is dedicated to all aspects of ocular immunology and immunopathology.

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