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January 20, 1975

Aspects of Neuro-ophthalmology

Author Affiliations

Northwestern University Medical School Chicago

JAMA. 1975;231(3):303-304. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03240150057034

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Most of the recent books on neuroophthalmology have been rather large treatises that delve into both clinical medicine and the pathophysiologic substrates of disease. The ten contributors to this book have combined their efforts to produce a practical guide to common clinical neuroophthalmologic problems.

As is the case with most compendia by multiple authors, the quality of the chapters is variable. Some are excellent. Professor Hayreh's chapter on the anatomy and vascular pathology of the optic disk is a masterful summary of his important work. The section on the assessment of visual function in young children by Mr. Harcourt is an excellent exposition that could only come from an experienced clinician. Professor Fould's description of the toxic amblyopias is tidily done within a short space.

The book is made less attractive because the authors do not seem to have shared a common concept of the readership. One of the chapters