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September 29, 1978


JAMA. 1978;240(14):1539. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290140081038

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This, the best small textbook on clinical neuro-ophthalmology available today, has been reprinted (with some revision) from volume 2 of Thomas Duane's Clinical Ophthalmology (Harper & Row, 1977). The text is thoroughly practical, readable, and relevant for readers with widely varying experience in diagnosis of visual and oculomotor systems disorders. Its illustrations are abundant and uniformly excellent in quality, particularly the pictures of the fundus oculi. The ample literature citations are current up to 1975. The brevity of the text, 345 pages, has been achieved without loss of emphasis of diagnostically important points or omission of the interesting details. The purchase price is reasonable.

There are, however, some drawbacks. Easy reading halts at the oculomotor chapters, where Dell'Osso and Daroff, by invitation, have some well-organized and modern discussions of supranuclear eye movement disorders, but obfuscate the subject with pseudomedical jargon of the bioengineer, black box servocontrol diagrams, and the unnecessary