British Journal of Ophthalmology
Eye Surgery. By H. B. STALLARD. 1965. 4th edition. Pp. 968, 733 illustrations. John Wright, Bristol. (£6 6s.) Ophthalmic surgery gets bigger and better as the years go by; so does Stallard's Eye Surgery. Since its previous edition appeared 7 years ago it has added 50 pages and 62 figures and its price has risen from £4 1 5s. to £6 6s. But considering the additions made it is indeed surprising that the space has been so effectively curtailed. The revision has been very complete and several
... rs have been re-written, notably those on corneal grafts, retinal detachment, the treatment of ocular neoplasms by irradiation, and orbital and reconstructive surgery. New techniques have been incorporated, such as partial cyclectomy, canaliculodacryocystorhinostomy, trabeculotomy, intraocular acrylic lenses, and the use of zonulysin in cataract extraction. The book, which has become a classic since its first appearance after the Second World War, will retain its place by the new edition. Complications in Eye Surgery. Edited by R. M. FASANELLA. 1965. 2nd ed. Pp. 543, numerous figs, references. W. B. Saunders, London. (£6 9s. 6d .) The second edition of this comprehensive work on the complications of eye surgery has been brought up to date, and the section on retinal detachment surgery has been expanded to deal with the complications of encircling procedures. The multiple authorship in no way detracts from the effectiveness of the text, and acknowledged experts in each field have contributed to it. The material exceeds the expectations of the title, and recommendations as to pre-operative preparations and surgical technique are frequent and helpful. This throws the emphasis on prophylactic rather than corrective methods, and increases the value of the book. The later chapters deal with radiation, the medical aspects of complications following ophthalmic operations, and the features of endocrine exophthalmos. Helpful comments on low visual acuity and the estimation of loss of visual efficiency conclude the book. It is a volume which should appeal equally to the experienced surgeon and to the resident in the course of his training. One of the best ways of avoiding complications is to know why they occur, and Fasanella has succeeded admirably in explaining the predisposing factors and the events which lead up to the complications.