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Book and Software Review
April 2000

Ophthalmology: Clinical Signs and Differential Diagnosis

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by Jack J. Kanski, MD, MS, FRCS, FRCOphth, and Ken K. Nischal, FRCOphth, 485 pp, with illus, $89.95, ISBN 0-7234-3121-3, London, England, Mosby International Ltd, 1999.


Copyright 2000 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2000

Arch Ophthalmol. 2000;118(4):593. doi:

This book presents itself as a concise yet comprehensive text for quick and easy diagnosis of ophthalmic disorders. The book is better described as a comprehensive pictorial atlas with brief descriptions and differential diagnoses. The photographs are certainly the most valuable component, and because of the comprehensive nature of the photographic atlas, it is an excellent reference for residents, practicing ophthalmologists, and optometrists.

The authors have organized the book into chapters based on the component parts of the eye, anteriorly to posteriorly. Each chapter is then organized by signs and symptoms, such as proptosis, which includes a differential diagnosis. There are icons to help guide the reader through the text. At the beginning of each chapter, an additional detailed table of contents is helpful. The index is also an excellent reference to the text but does not include the signs and symptoms on which the text is organized. The text incorporates tables, which are handy references to systemic associations and associated ocular conditions, making the tables an instantaneous reference source.

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