vols 1-6, by Daniel M. Albert and Frederick A. Jakobiec, 5992+ pp, with illus, $825, ISBN 0-7216-6592-6, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1994.
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In his preface, Dr Jakobiec states, "What we have aimed for is to provide the generalist with a digestible up-to-date overview of ophthalmology and also to provide the superspecialist with readily accessible introductions to topics outside his or her intensive areas of expertise."
He further suggests "that many of the chapters contained in these volumes are the most incandescent, scholarly, and useful summary presentations of their subjects that have been crafted up to now." This type of braggadocio might seem presumptuous—prior to delving into the almost 6000 pages that constitute this preeminent work.
In terms of depth and scale, Principles and Practice of Ophthalmology has two noble predecessors: Duke-Elder's System of Ophthalmology (published between 1958 and 1976) and Duane's Clinical Ophthalmology (Harper & Row), a five-volume set that is regularly updated. Principles equals and outdoes these forerunners in consistency, quantity, and quality of illustrations and overall readability.
No other contemporary
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