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Book and Software Review
December 2006

Neuro-Ophthalmology: The Practical Guide

Arch Ophthalmol. 2006;124(12):1803-1804. doi:10.1001/archopht.124.12.1803-b

When I saw the dedication to the late Dr Daniel Jacobson, a superb teacher and master of “practical neuro-ophthalmology,” I thought the book had a lot to live up to. Even the word practical increases our expectations of the contents in the book. We expect a useful, succinct text that contains enough information to be helpful but not so much that we are overwhelmed. We expect that pertinent information will easy to find. This book is practical on all of these accounts.

The multiauthored text is divided into 4 sections: the Neuro-Ophthalmology Examination, Neuro-Ophthalmic Symptoms and Signs, Neuro-Ophthalmic Diagnosis, and Neuro-Ophthalmic Procedures. Each section has key historical points, key examination points, information about the disorder, and important “red flags.” The chapters are also divided into “broad categories” so that if you have categorized a seen defect into a broad category, you can see what the possibilities are. Many of the chapters have very practical lists; for example, the chapter on toxic and metabolic optic neuropathies has wonderful lists of toxins and medications associated with optic neuropathy. Even the inside front cover gives a quick reference algorithm to symptoms, pain, or ocular imbalance linked to the appropriate chapter.