by Jerry A. Shields, MD, and Carol L. Shields, MD, 256 pp, with 804 illus, $125, ISBN 0-7817-1917-8, Philadelphia, Pa, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1999.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, the Atlas of Orbital Tumors speaks volumes. In this atlas, the authors have assembled a beautiful collection of their extensive experience with orbital tumors. The book was designed to assist the clinician in correctly diagnosing orbital lesions. The atlas includes 779 photographs depicting "the clinical and pathological variations and management of almost all lesions that are known to affect the orbit."
The atlas begins with sections on inflammatory lesions simulating neoplasms and a section on cystic lesions. The bulk of the atlas is organized in a traditional fashion based on the origin of the tumor (vascular, neural, myogenic, osseous, etc). A chapter illustrating surgical approaches to orbital tumors concludes the atlas. The organization of the atlas is uniform. Each section begins with a short (2- to 4-paragraph) description of the entity on the left-hand side of the book. Following this text, approximately 5 selected references are provided. Not surprisingly, many of these references are to previous works of the prolific authors. On the corresponding right page of the text are 6 images, each with its own concise caption.
Atlas of Orbital Tumors. Arch Ophthalmol. 2000;118(2):302-303. doi: