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Book and Software Review
June 2006

Atlas of Clinical Ophthalmology, 3rd Edition

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by David J. Spalton, FRCS, FRCP, FRCOphth, Roger A. Hitchings, FRCS, FRCOphth, and Paul A. Hunter, FRCS, FRCOphth, eds, 760 pp, with illus, $229, ISBN 0-3230-3656-2, Philadelphia, Pa, Elsevier Mosby, 2005.


Copyright 2006 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2006

Arch Ophthalmol. 2006;124(6):925. doi:10.1001/archopht.124.6.925

An updated edition of this book could have added the newest ophthalmic imaging technology, included the latest diagnostic techniques and discussions of recent genetic advances, and left it at that. It still would have been a worthy new edition. However, the editors have improved this classic atlas from every possible aspect, from the expected updates reflecting advances in medicine to the quality and number of color images.

The logical and helpful organization of the book is unchanged, with a concise discussion of normal anatomy, relevant embryology, and physiology preceding sections on clinical disease. The fundamentally visual format that made the previous editions as pleasurable as they were useful is unchanged, but the color photographs have been extensively updated and often improved on in both number (now more than 3400) and quality. Well-designed diagrams, such as those delineating the nerve pathways disrupted in internuclear ophthalmoplegia, are paired with clinical photographs. Perhaps the most useful teaching tactic in this and previous editions are the interpretive line drawings, which clearly delineate the relevant points in clinical photographs, histological slides, and magnetic resonance images, for instance. A good example is the assembly of fundus color and fluorescein photos, an optical coherence tomographic scan, and histological sections, all with accompanying line drawings that clearly explain the changes seen in cystoid macular edema.

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