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Book and Software Review
February 2000

Eye Pathology: An Atlas and Basic Text

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Arch Ophthalmol. 2000;118(2):302. doi:

Ophthalmic pathology must be presented in a manner that makes it both interesting and clinically relevant to clinicians, residents, and students. Dr Eagle succeeds in accomplishing these objectives in his excellent book. The chapters are well organized, concise, and focus on clinicopathologic correlations. Both the clinical and pathology photographs are excellent examples of ocular disease.

The text begins with a chapter on congenital and developmental abnormalities, and subsequent chapters discuss the eyelids, conjunctiva, cornea, lens, vitreous body, retina, orbit, and optic nerve. Additional chapters cover glaucoma, inflammation, adult tumors, retinoblastoma, and pediatric tumors. Each chapter begins with basic principles of normal anatomy and physiology and continues with a description of common ocular diseases. The text refers to clinical, gross pathologic, histologic, and electron microscopic photographs that are at the end of each chapter. Some highlights of the book include the chapter on the conjunctiva, which contains a comprehensive review of pigmented conjunctival lesions, and the chapter on the cornea, which contains an excellent review of classic clinical and histopathologic features of the corneal dystrophies. The chapter on adult tumors describes the natural history and pathogenesis of uveal melanomas, and the chapter on retinoblastoma not only describes the pathologic characteristics of the tumor, but also has a good review of the clinical presentation, genetics, and differential diagnosis of the disease. One criticism of the book is that many of the photographs are too red, some to the point where the background is pink. This is a minor point and in no way detracts from the rest of the textbook.

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