Book review. Childhood cataract in Africa. Courtright P, Bowman R, Gilbert C, Lewallen S, van Dijk K, and Yorston D (editors). 2008
Reviewed by J Nick Astbury, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust, Colney Lane, Norwich NR4 7UY UK.
This is quite simply a brilliant manual, beautifully illustrated and written by people immersed in the ethos of community eye health and with first-hand experience of dealing with childhood cataract in Africa. It incorporates the conclusions and recommendations from a meeting of experts that took place at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) in Moshi, Tanzania and it covers planning and strategies as well as pre- and postoperative management, counselling, and rehabilitation. Dark & Light Blind Care (Netherlands) must be congratulated for sponsoring this work which should be read by everybody involved with childhood cataract, including parents, health workers, and ophthalmologists.