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Book and Software Review
November 2003

Basic Science, Refraction, and Pathology (The Requisites in Ophthalmology)

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by Morton E. Smith, MD, Marilyn C. Kincaid, MD, and Constance E. West, MD, Jay H. Krachmer, MD, series editor, 192 pp, with illus, $89, ISBN 0-323-00236-6, St Louis, Mo, Mosby Inc, 2002.

Arch Ophthalmol. 2003;121(11):1666. doi:10.1001/archopht.121.11.1666-a

This brief 177-page text is intended as a quick refresher course in areas of ophthalmic knowledge that for many of us seem to have a short memory half-life. Recognizing that often only a brief reintroduction of a concept is required to trigger recall, the authors have created a nicely organized presentation of key facts that will either trigger recall of memories or intrigue the reader to explore further from a selective list of key references to new information.

This slim text by 3 recognized experts is a delight to read because the authors have drawn from the best illustrations of established texts. The greatest proportion of pages is dedicated to the basic sciences (about half of the text) and ophthalmic optics (about a third of the text), with the pathology section confined to a single chapter of about 20 pages.