Year : 1974 | Volume
: 22 | Issue : 3 | Page : 34-
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Malik S. Book review.Indian J Ophthalmol 1974;22:34-34
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The Curable Blind-A Guide for Establishing and Maintaining Mobile Eye Hospitals, by Victor C. Rambo and Arin Chatterjee, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India141001-pages 51, Illustrations 22.
The incidence of blindness in Asia, Africa and Latin Amrica is very high. More than 80% of the blind population of these continents lives in rural areas. It is a tremendous task to take the medical care to this weaker section of the population. It is painful and unfortunate that the large number of people are suffering from curable blindness and remain needlessly blind due to lack of medical care. In many cases delayed medical care leads to incurable blindness. Besides the blindness, it gives a great economic set back to the affected families. In India organisation of eye releif camps in the rural areas have been in practice for the last more than a quarter of a century. These camps are of immense value but there are many inherent deficiencies in the traditional camps. Dr. Rambo is pioneer in creating a concept of mobile eye hospitals which aimes to provide a modem, scientific service in the rural surroundings. Mobile eye hospital has a base hospital where difficult cases are shifted. The service rendered is much more methodical than the traditional eye camps. There is adequate post operative follow up which is essential for these patients.
Dr. Rambo has also focussed the attention of the Government and the people of India towards the curable blinds. Dr. Rambo has a vast experience of working in the rural areas and his book "The curable blind" will serve a perfect guide to all who are interested in the ophthalmic care of under privileged people. The guide contains all the material ranging from personnel, administration to the food preparation, alongwith list of medicines and instruments required.
This book should be available in all the Government departments, hospitals and libraries of the institution which are involved in the ophthalmic care.