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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michelle Tarver-Carr, MD, PhD (Johns Hopkins Hospital)
Description: This book is commentary on the basic as well as more complex techniques used in strabismus surgery by the leaders in the field. It is not an inclusive, detailed description of each surgical technique; instead, it elicits opinions on what modifications of these techniques are more successful in clinical practice.
Purpose: The purpose is to help individuals performing strabismus surgery learn the art that is involved in generating a good outcome by surveying those individuals who do it the best and most often. Practitioners with years of clinical experience aid more inexperienced surgeons in making an appropriate decision for the patient when there are multiple options. The book meets its objectives.
Audience: This book is intended for the junior practitioner in ophthalmology who intends to perform strabismus surgery. It is also helpful for the resident rotating on a pediatric service. The authors of each chapter are well versed in this field and do an excellent job of communicating their techniques to individuals who do not have the luxury of spending time in their operating rooms.
Features: There is discussion of the causes, diagnostic techniques, and surgical repair of various muscle dysfunctions. There is even a section devoted to reoperation strategies for the different forms of strabismus. The writing style is similar to sitting in a conference room and having a discussion with the experts. The material is presented, often followed by a comment interjected by the surgeon. A more lengthy discussion may have been nice; however, the goal of the book was not to be comprehensive.
Assessment: This is a useful book for individuals stumped about how to proceed with patients who may not have had a great outcome with their first procedure.