2nd ed, by Steven M. Bloom and Alexander J. Brucker, 432 pp, with illus, $98, ISBN 0-397-58423-7, Philadelphia, Pa, Lippincott-Raven Publishers, 1997.
As I began reading this text by Bloom and Brucker, I found myself taking notes for resident lectures because of the concise, pertinent, and up-to-date information presented. The book is well-written, well-structured, and extremely well-referenced. It represents a compilation of the pertinent facts gleaned from the many studies in the area of laser photocoagulation for retinal disease.
The text is in outline format combined with paragraph style, which makes it very organized yet readable without containing an excess of "wordage." At the beginning of each chapter, there is a outline identifying each element of the chapter. This offers an easy referencing system for the frequent occasions when the book may be used to quickly find a pertinent fact, definition, or laser setting. Chapters begin with epidemiologic information to provide the proper perspective and importance of the material that follows. Pathogenesis is discussed briefly, followed by a thorough discussion of treatment. A feature that I found particularly useful was a literature review near the end of each chapter that identifies and summarizes not only the current large, multicenter, randomized clinical trials but also other important studies that may have contributed to or set the framework for the larger studies.
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