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Book Reviews
September 2000

The Neurology of Eye Movements, 3rd ed

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by R. John Leigh and David S. Zee, 646 pp, $195 (textbook and CD-ROM), $120 (CD-ROM only), ISBN 0-19-512974-1 (CD-ROM), ISBN 0-19-512973-3 (textbook), New York, NY, Oxford University Press Inc, 1999.

Arch Neurol. 2000;57(9):1375-1379. doi:

In the 20th-century tradition of Posey and Spiller, '06; Bielshowsky, '38; and Cogan, '56, Leigh and Zee have written the quintessential text, The Neurology of Eye Movements. This third edition is large (646 pages), well written, and elegantly organized, using a highlighted guide to chapter content, tables that outline key points, and "Displays" that summarize critical structure, function, and clinical syndromes. The bibliography is exhaustive and up-to-date.

Leigh and Zee have approached eye movements from the perspective of fundamental anatomy and physiology. They use highly sophisticated search coil recordings to document both normal and abnormal motility. The book is devoid of photography of eye movements; instead, the authors have wisely chosen to demonstrate them dynamically using extensive videotaping on a companion CD-ROM at an additional cost. The text contains a number of excellent magnetic resonance imaging studies as well as some early-generation computed tomographic scans of rather poor quality. Overall, the presentation of diagnostic studies could be improved. Probably mirroring reality, discussions of therapeutic options are limited.

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