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Book and Software Review
December 2006

Handbook of Ophthalmology

Arch Ophthalmol. 2006;124(12):1802. doi:10.1001/archopht.124.12.1802-a

Edited by Dr Amar Agarwal, this text aims to be a comprehensive reference and yet maintain a portable size. This 736-page book is divided into 22 chapters with diseases grouped by anatomic location and with additional chapters that discuss emergencies, ocular manifestations of systemic diseases, optics, refractive surgery, and ocular therapeutics. In each chapter, subjects are arranged alphabetically. Each eye disease that is discussed includes information on its etiology, classic signs, symptoms, differential diagnoses, workup, risk factors, management, pharmacology, and future considerations (which includes both subsequent management of a patient and speculation as to future therapeutic developments). This information is presented in the same order for each disease, making the process of using the book very user friendly. This also makes it a book that can be useful when reviewing for examinations. There are several photos and illustrations included in the text, but the majority of the diseases described have no associated illustration. Tables aid in differentiating closely related conditions or categorizing the severity of a disease.

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