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by Neil J. Friedman, MD, Roberto Pineda II, MD, and Peter K. Kaiser, MD, 432 pp, with illus, $49.95, ISBN 0-7216-7025-3, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1998.
The stated purpose of this very good, quick reference is "to present concise, useful information on a broad range of ophthalmic disorders, and to direct this information to a wide audience." This is a daunting task.
For residents, such a book would be an invaluable companion while evaluating patients in the emergency department and in the clinic. The ideal book would have a short, to-the-point discussion of relatively common disorders and signs/symptoms that would allow the reader to initiate the most appropriate and cost-effective initial evaluation and treatment, leaving the less pressing subtleties to larger texts. This book generally succeeds at this task.
The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Illustrated Manual of Ophtalmology. Arch Ophthalmol. 1999;117(5):705. doi: