There is no greater obligation, but also joy, than to help perpetuate the wisdom of one’s teachers for ensuing generations.
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Therefore, when Drs. Chandler and Grant asked me to author the Third Edition of this book in 1986 (the “green book”) I was thrilled, but also very concerned. As I wrote in the Preface: On re-reading the Second Edition I was almost awestruck by the wisdom and veracity of what was written. Even where there had been incomplete understanding of the mechanism for a particular occurrence, the practical concepts of management were still true and fully applicable. The integrity of what was written was extraordinary. It was thus with great trepidation that this student of PAC and WMG attempted to update their wisdom and understanding in this Third Edition. So I was subsequently pleased when both Drs. Chandler and Grant approved of my efforts! When it came time for a further update in the Fourth Edition (the “blue book”), I became very focused on a specific goal for this book.
As I wrote in the Preface to the “blue book” in 1997: I wanted to try to write a book on glaucoma that would give practical clinical information to the clinician dealing with an individual patient, and yet at the same time, stimulate us all to ask “why,” ie, what is the mechanism for the clinical observation, and how might we be better able to treat the condition in the future. Drs. Chandler and Grant had taught me to strive to think this way. Glaucoma is a discipline commonly of subtleties and nuances with the detailed clinical observation of an individual patient quite important. Again it was a source of great satisfaction to me when Dr. Grant (Dr. Chandler unfortunately had passed away) told me that he enjoyed this emphasis and that it was a fitting continuation of the “Chandler-Grant tradition.” It is now 16 years since the last [Fourth] Edition of the book and although I am struck by how the wisdom of the clinical observations (mostly of Drs. Chandler and Grant, themselves) have endured in their accuracy and practical wisdom, it is clearly time for this important core of glaucoma knowledge to be updated, amplified, and further modernized. I am so grateful to Malik Y. Kahook, MD and Joel S. Schuman, MD, FACS for undertaking this needed “modernization,” and I am very impressed with the exceptionally high quality of their achievement. They have greatly improved the textbook with expertise well beyond my capabilities. I believe Drs. Chandler and Grant would be so proud of them and pleased that their heritage and legacy of glaucoma thought have been so well perpetuated for the next generation.
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