A New Beginning in Sight

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CRC Press, Nov 20, 2006 - Medical - 320 pages
Consultant eye surgeon, Eric Arnott, was one of the original pioneers of small-incision surgery. He was the first to perform modern Phaco surgery in Europe and designed lens implants that have restored the sight to millions of patients. The word autobiography is simply insufficient to describe this book, which is a remarkable testament to the life, works and marriage of a remarkable man.

The book details the original invention of the lens implant by Harold Ridley, who Eric worked with in his early years of medical training. It goes on to follow the development of small-incision Phaco surgery, instigated by Charlie Kelman, and the disinterest and contempt held by the peers of these ophthalmologic pioneers. The author describes every advance in this field of ophthalmology in fascinating detail. The importance to Eric of religion, spirituality, family life and helping others less fortunate than himself is reinforced in this enthralling and at times very amusing read. Arnott draws you into his narrative, rousing thoughts of disbelief as you are compelled to continue reading, each new chapter and event in his life proving as fascinating as the last.

Entertaining and illuminating, A New Beginning in Sight provides a detailed history of ophthalmology and is essential reading for ophthalmologists, other specialists and non-specialists alike.

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Air Commodore David J. Rainford, Consultant Physician and Nephrologist; Consultant Adviser in Medicine to the Royal Air Force of Oman; Consultant Physician to the UK CAA
Group Captain David P. Gradwell, Royal Air Force Consultant Adviser in Aviation Medicine, RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine, RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire, UK