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May 2001


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by Francesco Carta, MD, 560 pp, with illus, $95, ISBN 88-8485-097-5, Noceto (PR), Italy, SBM Scientific Book Market, 1999.

Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(5):786. doi:

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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