by Francesco Carta, MD, 560 pp, with illus, $95, ISBN 88-8485-097-5,
Noceto (PR), Italy, SBM Scientific Book Market, 1999.
This general introduction to neuro-ophthalmology is translated from
Italian to English and is divided into 3 parts. Part I (8 chapters) discusses
the afferent visual system, including optic nerve, chiasm, radiations, and
tracts. Part II (5 chapters) discusses pupil, accommodative, and lacrimal
disorders. Part III (6 chapters) is devoted to the efferent visual system,
including ocular motor abnormalities, nystagmus, and eyelid disorders.
The major strength of this book is that it is a fine, broad-based introduction
to numerous neuro-ophthalmologic disorders. The text covers most of the important
diseases in neuro-ophthalmology, as well as several rare conditions. There
is a good deal of space and detail devoted to anatomy and physiology, especially
in the optic nerve, pupil, and ocular motor chapters. The text is a good summary
of the major entities in neuro-ophthalmology, and it is suitable for a medical
student or resident-level audience. There are also several good references
following each chapter.
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