June 13, 1980

Atlas of External Diseases of the Eye, vol 3: Cornea and Sclera

Author Affiliations

University of Louisville School of Medicine


ed 2, by David D. Donaldson, 506 pp, 408 illus, 112 stereoscopic views on 16 reels, $89.50, St Louis, CV Mosby Co, 1980.

JAMA. 1980;243(22):2342. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300480060040

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It is no longer news that one of the solutions to the problem of expensive color plate reproduction for medical atlases is the use of Viewmaster stereo "reels." When the subject is external diseases of the eye where stereo views are highly appropriate and when the photographs are made under the supervision of Dr David Donaldson, the result must be highly successful. The text itself is not negligible, for it forms an excellent outline of external disease of cornea and sclera arranged under anatomical and etiological rubrics, bringing up the philosophical question of where an atlas ends and a textbook begins.

The references at the end of each section are welcome. Least successful are the black-and-white photographs of eye disease reproduced by photooffset with a very short gray scale. Occasionally one must give the publisher a generous amount of faith that the reproductions really do depict the entity described in