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Book and Software Review
April 2002

The Ophthalmology Examinations Review

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by Tien Yin Wong, MBBS, FRCS(Edin), MMED(Ophth), MPH, 448 pp, no illus, $36, ISBN 9-8102-4400-2, River Edge, NJ, World Scientific Publishing Co, 2001.

Arch Ophthalmol. 2002;120(4):524-525. doi:

A concise text that encompasses aspects of clinical examination, differential diagnosis, and management, The Ophthalmology Examinations Review is a useful tool for ophthalmologists preparing for written and oral board examinations, as well as a streamlined syllabus for residents and instructors.

The text is divided into 10 sections that address medical and surgical ocular and orbital diseases. Optics is not included. Each of the sections addresses 5 to 10 key topics with a unique approach. Hypothetical questions and opening responses, as well as "exam tips" help bridge the gap between "book knowledge" and the ability to communicate it effectively during an oral examination. This format, in conjunction with many recommended mnemonics throughout the book, helps the user organize the extensive lists of information in a logical and cohesive manner. The use of bold print for key phrases and percentages focuses the user's attention and eliminates the need for a yellow highlighter. A scoring system of each topic's usefulness for oral or written testing is included at the beginning of each section.

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