Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
edited by Daniel M. Albert, Frederick A. Jakobiec, Dimitri T. Azar, and Evangelos S. Gragoudas, vols 1-6, 2nd ed, 5582 pp, with illus, $950, ISBN 0-7216-7500-X, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 2000.
Ophthalmology at the dawn of the 21st century may initially appear to be a field fixated on the latest refractive and cataract surgery techniques. Readers of this remarkable six-volume, 5600-page textbook, however, will quickly apprehend the breadth of the subject. Notwithstanding the recent phenomenon of "mall LASIK surgeons," the truly comprehensive ophthalmologist requires knowledge of virtually the entire scope of modern medical science.
In comparing this second edition to its already classic 1994 predecessor, I was again struck and impressed by the number and efforts of contributors. The 150+ individual authors make up a diverse and talented community of ophthalmologists and scientists, albeit one centered particularly around Boston, Mass, with a Madison, Wis, satellite.
OphthalmologyPrinciples and Practice of Ophthalmology. JAMA. 2000;284(10):1303. doi:10.1001/jama.284.10.1303