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The Pediatrician's Ophthalmology

Joseph E. Alfano, MD
JAMA. 1967;199(2):138. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120020132045.
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Many ophthalmologists have felt a need for a concise and yet comprehensive textbook of pediatric ophthalmology. This textbook, while ostensibly aimed at the pediatrician, goes a very long way in fulfilling this need. The list of contributors is indeed impressive, including such well-known ophthalmologists as Casten, Chandler, the late Fred Cordes, Castenbader, Donaldson, Falls, Fox, Gunderson, Jones, McGavic, Parks, and Frank Walsh.

The opening chapters, briefly reviewing the anatomy and embryology of the eye, are followed by a chapter containing many helpful hints and aids used in the examination of infants and children. The section on congenital cataracts by the late Dr. Cordes is remarkable. But we cannot help but feel that if Dr. Cordes were alive today he would certainly modify his statement that "in the average case, it is safe to say that linear extraction through a small corneoscleral incision is the operation of choice." And subsequent editions


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