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Book and Software Review
October 2000

Clinical Guide to Comprehensive Ophthalmology

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by David A. Lee, MD, MBA, and Eve J. Higginbotham, SM, MD, 727 pp, $159, ISBN 0-86577-766-7, New York, NY, Thieme New York, 1999.


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

Arch Ophthalmol. 2000;118(10):1468. doi:

In this 700-page book intended for ophthalmology residents and comprehensive ophthalmologists, Drs Lee and Higginbotham undertake the difficult task of presenting the knowledge and skills that a comprehensive ophthalmologist should have. They have coordinated the efforts of 34 contributors in assembling 19 chapters. While most of the chapters focus on traditional categories of ocular diseases such as uveitis, glaucoma, cataracts, and ocular tumors, the book includes 2 unusual sections. Chapter 15, written by 3 internists, provides an overview of a dozen common medical disorders frequently occurring in the older-age clientele of ophthalmologists, such as hypertension, ischemic heart disease, human immunodeficiency virus infection, and osteoporosis. The 60 pages that comprise chapters 16 through 19 relate to current concepts in the business of ophthalmic private practice in the modern era of managed care and potential legal involvement. An attorney and a physician-attorney are the authors of chapter 17, which provides wise guidance in avoiding litigation, and supportive, practical advice about what to do if a lawsuit is commenced.

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