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Book and Media Reviews
January 2, 2008

Handbook of Nutrition and Ophthalmology

JAMA. 2008;299(1):97-102. doi:10.1001/jama.2007.21

The current state of knowledge about the linkages between nutrition and disease in well-nourished populations is in its infancy. The void created by the lack of scientific evidence makes room for half-truths and speculation that parade as fact. The consequence is confusion among clinicians about what to tell patients and among the general population about what to eat. Into this void comes Richard D. Semba's Handbook of Nutrition and Ophthalmology. While the handbook does not provide many practical answers, it lays out in a clear and honest format what is known and what remains to be elucidated. This exhaustive review of the available literature regarding nutrition and eye diseases was written entirely by Dr Semba, a professor of ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins. The Nutrition and Health Series editors designated this book a handbook due to its extraordinary comprehensiveness and its extensive tables, photographs, and references.