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October 2004

Handbook of Neuro-ophthalmology and OrbitalDisease: Diagnosis and Treatment, 2nd ed

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by Robert L. Tomsak, MD, PhD, and Mark R. Levine, MD, 224 pp, withillus, $39.95, ISBN 0-7506-7417-2, Philadelphia, Pa, Elsevier Science, 2003.


Copyright 2004 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2004

Arch Ophthalmol. 2004;122(10):1576-1577. doi:10.1001/archopht.122.10.1576-b

There are 3 key criteria for a successful medical handbook: (1) it hasto be concise and portable; (2) it has to be practical; and (3) it has tobe up to date. By these criteria, Tomsak and Levine have produced a very niceaddition to the health care professional's library. The target audience is"resident level and up," and I believe that the content is appropriate forthe ophthalmologist in training or in clinical practice.

The text is divided into 2 major sections: (1) neuro-ophthalmology and(2) orbital disease. The 17 topics have been selected by the authors as thebread and butter of their individual practices, and therefore, the chaptersvary across the spectrum of both disciplines. For example, the first chapteris anterior ischemic optic neuropathy, the second chapter is botulinum toxin,and the third chapter is diplopia. I would have preferred if the chaptershad followed an anatomical (eg, afferent or efferent), etiologic (eg, ischemicoptic neuropathy, ocular motor cranial neuropathy), or symptomatic (eg, diplopia,loss of vision) structure or had been prioritized by therapeutic importance(eg, most to least). Nonetheless, the selected topics include the most commonmanifestations of treatable neuro-ophthalmic disease that a general ophthalmologistwould see. The chapters are short and to the point, and the book is a quickread.

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