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"Dr. Andrew Lam, a distinguished retinal surgeon, has written a wonderfully readable book about the sometimes heroic lives of the great inventors in his field. The layman will be carried away by Dr. Lam's clear, colloquial story-telling, and he will also gain, as I did, a far clearer knowledge of the human eye."

- Richard Wilbur, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner



"In Saving Sight, Dr. Lam has beautifully captured the atom-smashing accomplishments and dramatic stories of men who transformed the world of vision. This book is a real page-turner!"

- Dr. William Tasman, former president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology

About the Author

Andrew Lam, M.D., was born in Philadelphia and raised in central Illinois. He graduated from Yale University with a degree in history, then attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. He subsequently completed specialty training in ophthalmology and retina surgery at the prestigious Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Lam has authored numerous scientific articles and is currently an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Tufts University School of Medicine. He resides in western Massachusetts with his wife and four children. 

His first novel, Two Sons of Chinaan historical novel of WWII set in China, was released by Bondfire Books in December 2013. 

Learn more at his website - www .AndrewLamMD.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Irie Books (May 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617203793
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617203794
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #715,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Saving Sight is a phenomenal book on so many levels, easily the most interesting book I have read this year!
An unexpected page-turner, given the subject matter. It reads like a novel and is full of great historical narrative.
The stories are a reminder that truth is stranger - and more fascinating - than fiction.
This book is unlike anything else I have read in that it intertwines historical accounts with modern applications and experiences along with social commentary with particular regard to medicine and healthcare today, and does so seamlessly!
A great blend of history and science, biography and autobiography. Why hadn't anyone thought of writing this before?
Dr. Lam's background in both history and medicine likely contribute.
The writing style, research, and subject matter combine to produce an amazing book that really does do justice to those who can truly be called heroes.

Lest anyone think that the writing is too technical, I have seen firsthand that a wide reading audience will love this book. I am a physician, but not an ophthalmologist, and I bought it for my ophthalmologist colleagues, and my non-physician wife enjoyed it immensely as well. Everyone remarked on how fast of a read and insightful it was. This should be required reading for anyone interested in medicine and especially ophthalmology, but also for children who need to SEE what it truly means to be a hero.
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The stories of the ophthalmology innovators were riveting -- in a way I didn't expect. Who knew that a book on the history of ophthalmology would be such a page-turner? I finished the book in one night. I didn't know that there was so much progress in the field of eye surgery in the last 30 years. Dr. Lam also addresses the future of medicine with such candor and clarity. A fantastic read for everyone!
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Comments made by many reviewers such as engaging interesting story,compelling an inspirational all apply to my review.
As an active practicing retina specialist , I found Dr Lam writing ,absorbing ,easy to read like a novel; for me it was the admiration of a skilled writer able to transfer in a book the emotion ,concerns and sensitivity of a surgeon to patient and family in difficult moments, so often experienced myself during my lengthy career.

Dr Charles Schepens ,one of the leaders feature in the Book during an an oral interview conducted in 1985 , UMKC Eye Dept in Kansas City, Mo and following a question. What is the purpose of your Life?
Reply " I am most satisfied that this type of work is not dying with me, thanks to the training program and the people who continue the tradition. I it is wonderful to be proud of people who are younger than you and will survive you and know you had something to do with the fact that they are so successful and the the knowledge has been passed on"

Dr Schepens, and immigrant,in Boston against tremendous odds created the new field of retina .and fellowships. Dr Tassman a mentor to Dr Lamb and a leader in our field and I, trained with him in1960. So, Dr Lamb represent the best of 3rd generation of Retina surgeons.

Dr Lam writing in a colloquial manner easily readable attracted the general public ; adding tangential comments about the state of Medicine is a service to Society in our search for quality care .
Knowledge is Power , is important as we search for good medical care for our families,and patients that we participate in the current important issues of healthcare in our country.

" If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulder of Giants"

Isaac Newton (1676)

Thank you Andrew for reminding us!
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Dr. Andrew Lam's resume made me think that this book would be a fine match for my own reading preferences and my expectations were confirmed. As a retired ophthalmologist with an abiding belief in the value of history and an appreciation for good writing, I was totally pleased by Dr. Lam's effort.
Although the book's topic may be considered somewhat esoteric for the general reader, the descriptions of his interactions with patients should be interesting to anyone who has had an encounter with an eye physician. Certainly I found his perception of our medical subspecialty mirrored by my personal experience.
Any reader will also appreciate his thoroughly researched descriptions of the difficulties encountered by the pioneers of our profession. We each owe a debt to the intuition and persistence of these innovators, and Dr. Lam's book should be required reading for all first year resident ophthalmologists.
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A can't put it down book.
Several separate documentary essays on different folks (often mavericks, often with difficulty) making major shifts in eye treatments that have saved the sight of millions of people. I didn't know that lens replacement for cataracts is the most performed ...l and one of the most safe and successful.. surgeries in the world.

To top it off, Andrew Lam is not only writing from the perspective of someone in the profession (he's an eye surgeon), but I find his writing style easy to digest, and takes me right into the scenes he's describing as if I'm right there. Rare combination of someone who knows his material AND can communicate it very effectively.
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