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August 1977

Lacrimal Disorders: Diagnosis and Treatment,

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San Francisco

Arch Otolaryngol. 1977;103(8):501. doi:10.1001/archotol.1977.00780250095016

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This 170-page monograph will naturally find more utility among ophthalmologists than among otolaryngologists. The surgical techniques that are described for canalicular repairs and dacryocystorhinostomy can be found in other otolaryngology or reconstructive surgery texts. The first chapter, entitled "Anatomy and Embryology of the Lacrimal System," is well illustrated and serves as an excellent anatomical reference for the important medial canthal region. A concise review of total reconstruction of the lacrimal drainage system is found in chapter 10. Trauma and reconstructive problems of the eyelids are not discussed.

The chapters on dacryocystography, etiology of dacryocystitis, and physiology and secretory disorders of the lacrimal system are of little perti

nence to the otolaryngologist. Chapter 7, "Clinical Manifestations of Lacrimal Sac Disorders," covers the differential diagnosis of swellings of the medial canthal area. Included are helpful hints in differentiating inflammatory from neoplastic lesions.

Overall, however, only those persons involved in otolaryngology training programs

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