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September 20, 1971

Stereoscopic Atlas of Macular Diseases: A Funduscopic and Angiographic Presentation

Author Affiliations

University of Chicago Chicago


by J. Donald M. Gass, 232 pp, 498 illus, 105 stereoscopic views on 15 VM reels and a VM compact viewer, $48.50, St. Louis: C. V. Mosby Co., 1970.

JAMA. 1971;217(12):1709. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190120075035

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This is an excellent exposition of the state of the art in the diagnosis of retinal disease in general and macular disease in particular. The presentation by means of stereo color photos is a distinct asset, for the ability to see retinal boundaries, pigment epithelium (and lower layers in the presence of pathological defects) is an extra advantage not completely available even at the clinical examination. This is due to the exaggerated stereoscopic effect induced by camera disparity. The clinician is restricted to the disparity of his pupillary distance and even this is not fully realizable in the ordinary binocular ophthalmoscope.

An ophthalmologist reading this atlas is impressed by the way thinking has progressed in the last decade, how powerful the tools are that have been brought to bear on the subject, and how far we have yet to go. As important as monocular clinical ophthalmoscopy has been, stereopsis with