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. Eds Geoffrey J Gladstone, Evan H Black, Shoib Myint, Brian G Brazzo. Pp 130; £66.50. Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 2001. ISBN 0-387-95316-7.
This CD video atlas with accompanying text is the first in a series of three such atlases by these authors and is the first such oculoplastic atlas available. The atlas consists of 95 pages of text supplemented with black and white drawings in six chapters. Two CDs contain all the video sequences and these follow the same chapter layout as the text; surgical anatomy of the eyelid, entropion, ectropion, eyelid retraction, ptosis, and eyelid reconstruction.
There are a total of 17 video procedures typically lasting between 3 and 5 minutes and a 10 minute cadaveric anatomy sequence. The video quality is very acceptable for individual viewing but does not project as successfully. All sequences are well narrated and informative, covering basic and some more advanced oculoplastic procedures. The need for free skin grafting in one of the cases demonstrated is perhaps questionable but this does not detract from the educational value of the atlas. A number of associated procedures are covered in the videos—for example, harvesting skin/cartilage; however, these cannot be instantly located from the menus and an additional separate section including such procedures could perhaps have been usefully included.
The text is clearly written and concise but is not comprehensive and provides limited information relating to patient and procedure selection. A good deal of the text is covered in the narration accompanying the video.
The atlas is aimed at all those who have an interest in oculoplastic surgery but is particularly relevant to the ophthalmic surgeon. It will be a valuable asset for teaching residents and fellows and should make interesting viewing for all those routinely practising oculoplastic surgery.
From a personal point of view, I am always fascinated to watch other surgeons at work, as technical approaches to the same problem/operation are often quite diverse. This is one of the best ways to keep up to date and improve your own surgery.
Overall, this atlas will be a valuable asset to all those in training and a useful tool for those practising oculoplastic surgical procedures. I look forward to the next two atlases in the series and to further editions.
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