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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Brian S. Biesman, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This book is another of the Ophthalmology Monographs produced by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Although not a second edition, it is derived from Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, published in 1984. It is divided into four sections.
Purpose: This book is intended to be both a surgical atlas and a resource for the diagnosis and management of problems falling within the realm of ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery. Although these are worthy objectives, they are not met adequately. The sections on basic information and anatomy and development are complete, up-to-date, and meet the stated objectives. The section on the management of acute adnexal trauma covers eyelid and canthal injuries, but does not address orbital trauma. The section covering conjunctival and surface disorder is lacking in photographs, diagrams, and discussion of some important topics, but references are made by the author to an as-yet incomplete volume 2 of this monograph, the complete contents of which are not specified.
Audience: The book is intended for use by general ophthalmologists and ophthalmologists-in-training. The contributors are credible authorities in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Features: This book is attractive and easy to read. The illustrations are helpful and nicely done, but more are needed for some chapters. The references are current for most chapters, but less so in others. In at least two chapters the most recent references are from 1981 and 1982. The table of contents is extremely helpful in locating specific topics quickly.
Assessment: This text covers certain topics very well, but others are not discussed at all. To meet the author's stated objectives, detailed discussions of lacrimal disorders and surgery, ptosis, blepharoplasty, thyroid ophthalmopathy, orbital tumors and fractures, and orbitotomy techniques are needed. Perhaps these topics will be addressed in the second volume of this monograph, the details of which are not available to me. A recommendation for purchase will have to await review of the second volume.