4th ed, by Frederick Hampton Roy, 710 pp, with illus, $49.50, Philadelphia, Pa: Lea & Febiger; 1989.
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This is the fourth revision of a reference well known to the ophthalmic community. Ocular Differential Diagnosis is an exhaustive collection of differential-diagnoses that encompasses the full spectrum of ophthalmic and neuro-ophthalmic disease. It is organized chiefly by regional anatomy, ie, orbit, extra-ocular muscles, pupil, and retina. For example, fourth-nerve palsy is followed by a list of 50 possible causes, a 12-part reference list, and a "diagnostic decision table" that ranks the likelihood of a particular cause against the specific findings of history, examination, and laboratory data. A smaller section describes the differential diagnosis of general visual signs or symptoms. A comprehensive index provides another means of finding your way through this edition.
The fourth edition of Ocular Differential Diagnosis is a further improvement of an already comprehensive and widely used reference. The beginner would better obtain his overview of ocular differential diagnosis from a simpler text, but, for the
Smith DN. Ocular Differential Diagnosis. Arch Neurol. 1989;46(9):942. doi:10.1001/archneur.1989.00520450012003
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