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Book and Software Review
April 1999

Clinical Trials in Ophthalmology: A Summary and Practice Guide

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by Peter J. Kertes, MD, and Mandi D. Conway, MD, 378 pp. with illus, ISBN 0-683-30205-1, Baltimore, Md, Williams & Wilkins, 1998.


Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999

Arch Ophthalmol. 1999;117(4):550-551. doi:

Drs Kertes and Conway have compiled the major ophthalmology clinical trials of the past 2½ decades with this guide. Beginning with the Diabetic Retinopathy Study, this single volume of 21 chapters is a very convenient and valuable reference for the source material, results, tables, and subsequent articles the study group have published concerning each clinical trial. Color photographs of the original publications are available at the beginning of the book, but only the black-and-white photographic reproductions accompany the text. Each chapter is a different study, yet formatted with similar text, table, and subject heading styles for easy reading. Many include a section at their respective conclusions: "Interpretation of Results and Implications for Clinical Practice" and "Summary of Clinical Recommendations." The final chapter covers suggested laser treatment techniques from panretinal photocoagulation to laser trabeculoplasty. Overall, this is a valuable resource that should be within the reach of any ophthalmologist seeing and treating patients.