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April 1977

Diseases of the Macula, vol 1; Retinal Vascular Disorders, Diagnosis, and Management, vol 2; Sights and Sounds in Ophthalmology

Arch Ophthalmol. 1977;95(4):716. doi:10.1001/archopht.1977.04450040182033

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This two-volume, slide-type presentation with accompanying text comes from the Retinal Vascular Center of the Wilmer Institute. It presents a comprehensive review of the clinical characteristics of major medical retinal diseases. It is necessary, however, to have a cassette tape recorder, slide projector, and screen available to use this information. The composite slides illustrate the intended points. The clarity of the color fundus photos is good, within an understandable range of variability, while all of the fluorescein angiograms are excellent reproductions. The taped narratives, while not professionally produced, are intelligible and informative.

In volume 1 the authors briefly review macular anatomy and the basic principles of fluorescein angiography. Emphasis is then placed on the varied clinical presentations of senile macular degeneration, using Gass' thesis to explain the pathophysiologic characteristics of this disorder. The other major topic presented is the presumed ocular histoplasmosis syndrome. In the discussion of senile macular degeneration,

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