March 1997

The Cornea: Third Edition

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Madison, Wis


edited by Gilbert Smolin, MD, Richard A. Thoft, MD, 3rd ed, 759 pp, $235, with illus, ISBN 0-316-80270-0, Boston, Mass, Little Brown & Co Inc, 1994.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1997;115(3):439-440. doi:10.1001/archopht.1997.01100150441037

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We find this to be an excellent source for a practical approach to the diagnosis and management of problems of the cornea and external diseases. It is informational and easy to read. Without overwhelming the reader with repetition and excessive detail, the clinical manifestations and therapeutic management of disease processes is integrated with the underlying pathophysiology throughout the text as well as through demonstrative photographs and diagrams. We wish that all of the figures could have been color as the 74 color plates in the center of the book are of significantly greater quality than many of the black and white photographs.

The first four chapters in part I give a concise, yet solid, introduction to the basic anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, morphology, and pathologic response of the cornea and conjunctiva. These provide a strong foundation for subsequent reading about the clinical aspects of disease in part 2. Chapters about infectious

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