December 1997

Clinical Decisions in Medical Retinal Disease

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West Des Moines, Iowa


by William S. Tasman, MD, 364 pp, $99, with illus, St Louis, Mo, Mosby-Year Book, 1994.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1997;115(12):1609. doi:10.1001/archopht.1997.01100160779035

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This multiauthored text is not quite adequately described by its title. Rather than emphasizing various controversies and situations in which difficult clinical decisions need to be made, this book reviews many of the more common macular diseases. A brief review of fluorescein angiography (but not indocyanine green angiography) is included at the beginning of the book. This is followed by the longest and most extensively referenced chapter, in which Alan Bird, MD, succinctly reviews various retinal dystrophies that can be generally thought of as occurring at the level of the photoreceptors.

Many of the chapters cover common conditions such as agerelated macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Especially useful summaries include chapters on myopic macular degeneration, macular holes, radiation retinopathy, and pars planitis. Much useful information is presented here that is often difficult to find in 1 location in other texts. The chapter by J. Arch McNamara, MD, on retinopathy of

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