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Book and Software Review
December 2003

Glaucoma: Science and Practice

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Arch Ophthalmol. 2003;121(12):1809. doi:10.1001/archopht.121.12.1809-a

Morrison and Pollack have assembled 60 internationally recognized authors to provide an up-to-date and well-written book. The editors logically ordered the 7 major sections on the basis of a progressive understanding of the disease and its treatment: epidemiology and the genetics of glaucoma, determinants of intraocular pressure, the optic nerve, the glaucomas, medical therapy of glaucoma, laser therapy of glaucoma, and surgical therapy of glaucoma.

The first chapter, on the epidemiology of glaucoma, by Anne L. Coleman, MD, sets the tone for the remainder of the text by introducing a basic lexicon of commonly used epidemiological terms and succinctly summarizing a large body of evidence for the 2 most common types of glaucoma, the primary angle-closure and primary open-angle varieties. This chapter should be required reading for all residents before tackling their first discussion assignment at glaucoma journal club. Mary K. Wirtz, PhD, and John R. Samples, MD, the authors of a chapter in the glaucoma genetics section, explain in plain language the currently understood genetic basis for different types of glaucoma and give an overview of newer research techniques, such as gene delivery with viral vectors and methods of nonviral therapy to target chromosomal integration, with which the practicing ophthalmologist may not be familiar. This chapter provides a highly readable opportunity for the busy clinician to catch up on this rapidly developing field.

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