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Book and Software Review
February 2001

Becker-Shaffer's Diagnosis and Therapy of the Glaucomas, 7th ed

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Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(2):312. doi:

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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