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Book and Software Review
February 1999

Ophthalmic Disorders Sourcebook

Arch Ophthalmol. 1999;117(2):289. doi:

The goal of Omnigraphics' Health Reference Series is to provide basic and reliable information for persons with medical disorders. This volume covers ocular problems and its material is synthesized from data published by the National Institutes of Health, the US Food and Drug Administration, the National Eye Institute, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. It is grouped in 9 sections, including "General Resources," "Cataract," and "Glaucoma," and overall is divided into 71 chapters. The information is in much more detailed technical language and delves into many more current eye research projects than other consumer-oriented publications. My appraisal is that most lay people will not be able to understand many of the terms, such as "transgenic mice," "chimeras," and other words found in the text but absent in the glossary. This volume, as an all-in-one convenient source, will appeal most to those who are sophisticated and knowledgeable enough about science to understand the material, and wish to know almost as much as their physicians about a particular eye problem and relevant current research. Others may be overwhelmed.