by Neil J. Friedman, MD, Peter K. Kaiser, MD, William B. Trattler, MD, 350 pp, with illus, $49.95, ISBN 0-7216-8776-8, Philadelphia, Pa, Elsevier Saunders, 2005.
Being a resident, I am always in the mood for a good review book. There are many things that I feel are essential in a review book for me to commit the time necessary to use the book in my studies. First, the information needs to be presented in an easy-to-understand and, more importantly, easy-to-learn manner to facilitate long-term recall. Second, the review book needs to be up-to-date and free of mistakes. Nothing bothers me more than studying something out of a review book and then finding that what I learned was incorrect. Third, good practice questions are always a bonus. These questions need to be clearly written and free of mistakes. Finally, bonuses such as an included CD are always a plus. Review of Ophthalmology by Friedman et al accomplishes all these goals nicely.
Review of Ophthalmology. Arch Ophthalmol. 2006;124(7):1068-1069. doi:10.1001/archopht.124.7.1068-b