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Saving Sight: An Eye Surgeon's Look at Life Behind the Mask and the Heroes Who Changed the Way We See Paperback – May 20, 2013
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- 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
Learn more at his website - www .AndrewLamMD.com
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this book at Dr. Lam's office during a recent appointment for my wife.
I was never one to read a lot of books in fact several were never finished. Read more
Read this book. An amazing and gifted author. Well written.Published 11 months ago by evelyn calleva
If you have ever had a sight problem, even minor ones like needing glasses or cataract surgery, you will thoroughly enjoy this book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Dan G.
Educational and attention-grabbing. I couldn't put this book down until it was completely finished. A very accessible book to any reader - I had very little knowledge about the eye... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Susan Lu
Dr. Lam’s book is a fascinating medical history intertwined with enthralling tales plucked from the author’s own medical practice. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Darby
This is a great book. As a nurse in the operating room, I truly enjoyed the history of the procedures I participate in. The book describes Dr. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Patty
A very interesting book about the giants in the industry who made great breakthroughs that make eye care what it is today.Published 18 months ago by jazzfisher