June 7, 1971

Textbook of the Fundus of the Eye

Author Affiliations

Northwestern University Chicago


by Arthur J. Ballantyne and Isaac C. Michaelson, ed 2; 736 pp, 821 illus, $46.50, Edinburgh and London: E. & S. Livingstone Ltd. (Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins Co.), 1970.

JAMA. 1971;216(10):1649. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03180360095028

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The first edition of this book appeared in 1962 and I had the privilege of reviewing it for this journal at that time. I noted then that the book was an ideal compromise between a straightforward atlas of the fundus of the eye and textbooks on ocular disease. My conclusion at that time was, "This is the best book available to date on the fundus of the eye and is highly recommended to all physicians who have an occasion to use an ophthalmoscope."

In the intervening nine years, enormous changes have taken place in our understanding and evaluation of diseases of the retina and choroid. This has come about through new clinical modalities such as fluorescein angiography, binocular microscopy with contact lenses, and ultrasonography, and through laboratory developments such as electron microscopy, karyotyping, and enzyme analysis.

This new edition incorporates all these developments and more. For example, in the area