by Robert L. Stamper, MD, Marc F. Lieberman, MD, and Michael V.
Drake, MD, 784 pp, with 525 illus, $195, ISBN 0-801-6772-62, St Louis, Mo,
Mosby Inc, 1999.
This book is an update of the classic text originally published by Drs
Becker and Shaffer in 1961. The goal of this book is to "provide in a single
volume a practical approach to clinical problems" in glaucoma for use by students,
residents, and practicing clinicians. This text has been extensively revised
since the publication of the previous edition in 1989. These revisions reflect
our growing understanding of the pathogenesis of glaucoma (including new findings
in genetics) and expanded treatment options. The text is well organized, beginning
with a chapter on aqueous humor dynamics, followed by 3 sections on the clinical
examination of the eye and visual field assessment. The chapters on gonioscopy
are practical, and the chapters on visual fields are readable and provide
descriptions of the most commonly used visual field analyzers, as well as
in-depth coverage of computerized static perimetry. Section 4 is a complete
classification of clinical entities, with an outstanding compilation of clinical
photographs and illustrations. Part 5 on medical treatment is well organized,
with sections on the mechanism of action, side effects, and suggestions for
the clinical use of each of the major classes of drugs used in the treatment
of glaucoma. Parts 6, 7, and 8 deal with laser therapy, surgical principles,
and surgical procedures and techniques, respectively, providing a practical
overview of the surgical techniques currently in use for the treatment of
glaucoma. There is a chapter on complications and failure of filtration surgery,
and a chapter on the surgical management of coexisting cataract and glaucoma.
The final section of the book is devoted to present status and future directions
in glaucoma. This section includes a chapter on the practical therapeutic
approach to the treatment of glaucoma, giving the authors' protocols for managing
glaucoma in patients with various underlying systemic conditions as well as
different types of glaucoma.
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