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BOOK REVIEW
Year : 1966  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 187

Book review


India

Date of Web Publication17-Jan-2008

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S N Cooper
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Cooper S N. Book review. Indian J Ophthalmol 1966;14:187

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Cooper S N. Book review. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 1966 [cited 2020 Sep 20];14:187. Available from: http://www.ijo.in/text.asp?1966/14/4/187/38649

RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY OF THE EYELIDS AND OCULAR ADNEXA BY ALSTON CALLAHAN. Aesculapus Publishing Co., Birmingham, Albama. 360 pages, 373 illustrations, 15 chapters. Price $35.

In writing this book the author has picked on a subject where the paths of ophthalmic and plastic surgeries cross. Ophthalmology, now has developed so many specialities within its speciality that slowly and reluctantly plastic surgery of the eye is passing into the hands of plastic surgeons. This book written by an ophthalmologist is a successful bid to retain this most interesting and intelligent form of eye surgery within its fold. In this connection the descriptions of tech­niques for socket reconstruction and reconstruction of the lids after injury and after removal of tumours, of the merits of each technique and of post operative care, inspire confidence for the relatively inexperienced in undertaking such procedures. Many intricate situations are dealt with.

In the domains which still belong to the ophthalmologist, e.g. ptosis, ectropion, entropion and surgical treatment of ophthalmoplegias the author not only deals with the best techniques but answers the usual whys and wherefores in so con­vincing terms that it becomes easy to pick one's method of choice in each case.

It is unusual to read about cardiac arrest and death after eye surgery in a book on ocular surgery but general anaesthesia is gradually taking such a strong hold on major ophthalmic surgery, particularly extraocular, that the author has considered it wise to discuss this subject though inadequately, as ignorance on this subject cannot be pleaded in a court of law in case of death on the table under one's knife.

The author and his style of presentation of surgery of the eye are not new and after the successful reception of the two previous books : Surgery of the Eye -Injuries and Surgery of the Eye Diseases, this third gift to ophthalmic surgery should be well received by both, the ophthalmic and the plastic surgeon.

Modern books on surgery can never be written and presented well without the help of a medical artist. The action and section drawings by Suzanne De Pasquale, with which the author has been able to visualize for the reader the details of many intricate steps of a technique, are so clearly illustrative that one feels like asking to himself who is this Suzanne? As in modern surgery, medicine and research it is only team work that can give of the best, Callahan and De Pasquale along with many other persons whose help has been acknowledged have formed such a team in the presentation of this book on Ocular cum Plastic Surgery.

writing this book the author has picked on a subject where the paths of ophthalmic and plastic surgeries cross. Ophthalmology, now has developed so many specialities within its specialty that slowly and reluctantly plastic surgery of the eye is passing into the hands of plastic surgeons. This book written by an ophthalmologist is a successful bid to retain this most interesting and intelligent form of eye surgery within its fold. In this connection the descriptions of techniques for socket reconstruction and reconstruction of the lids after injury and after removal of tumours, of the merits of each technique and of post operative care, inspire confidence for the relatively inexperienced in undertaking such procedures. Many intricate situations are dealt with.

In the domains which still belong to the ophthalmologist, e.g. ptosis, ectropion, entropion and surgical treatment of ophthalmoplegia the author not only deals with the best techniques but answers the usual whys and wherefores in so convincing terms that it becomes easy to pick one's method of choice in each case.

It is unusual to read about cardiac arrest and death after eye surgery in a book on ocular surgery but general anaesthesia is gradually taking such a strong hold on major ophthalmic surgery, particularly extraocular, that the author has considered it wise to discuss this subject though inadequately, as ignorance on this subject cannot be pleaded in a court of law in case of death on the table under one's knife.

The author and his style of presentation of surgery of the eye are not new and after the successful reception of the two previous books : Surgery of the Eye -Injuries and Surgery of the Eye Diseases, this third gift to ophthalmic surgery should be well received by both, the ophthalmic and the plastic surgeon.

Modern books on surgery can never be written and presented well without the help of a medical artist. The action and section drawings by Suzanne De Pasquale, with which the author has been able to visualize for the reader the details of many intricate steps of a technique, are so clearly illustrative that one feels like asking to himself who is this Suzanne? As in modern surgery, medicine and research it is only team work that can give of the best, Callahan and De Pasquale along with many other persons whose help has been acknowledged have formed such a team in the presentation of this book on Ocular cum Plastic Surgery.




 

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