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Books, Journals, New Media
April 28, 1999


Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 1999;281(16):1545-1546. doi:10.1001/jama.281.16.1545

Why another ophthalmology textbook? The answer, according to editors Myron Yanoff and Jay S. Duker, is "a need for a complete single-volume textbook of ophthalmology for trainees, non-ophthalmologists and those general ophthalmologists (and perhaps specialists) who need an update in areas where they are not expert." Ophthalmology more than achieves its mission of filling a "void between the multivolume and narrow subspecialty" textbooks of ophthalmology.

Ophthalmology has 12 sections, each with its own editor. Within each section are numerous chapters by preeminent international ophthalmologists. There are a total of 247 chapters, the vast majority 10 pages or less, making it ideal for residents or practitioners who want to read a chapter a day and cover the entire book in one year. Most chapters begin with a short summary consisting of a definition of the chapter topic, key features, and associated features. Following an introduction, topics include epidemiology and pathogenesis, ocular manifestations, diagnosis and ancillary testing, differential diagnosis, pathology, treatment, and course and outcome. Pediatrics and basic science are integrated into the relevant sections instead of being discussed separately, exceptions being genetics and the optics and refraction sections. There is, however, a well-illustrated section on strabismus, which includes diagnosis and treatment of the various ocular deviations. Most chapters contain a multitude of high quality color photographs, fluorescein angiograms, and pathology slides. In addition, the drawings and schematics are of the highest quality and are used frequently to illustrate disease processes and surgical techniques. References follow each chapter, are current, and are not overdone in quantity.

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