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June 1983

Uveitis: A Clinical Approach to Diagnosis and Management

Arch Ophthalmol. 1983;101(6):989. doi:10.1001/archopht.1983.01040010989030

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In some ways the term uveitis is unfortunate as it implies that all patients with inflammatory disease of the inner eye suffer from the same disease and that the same battery of expensive investigations should be applied in every case. I am pleased therefore to find that the main thrust of this book is to help the ophthalmologist to use his clinical findings to classify an individual case in such a way as to match it with a known uveitic entity. In this way investigations can be selected to give the most relevant information.

It is also refreshing to see the emphasis placed on history taking that should include such features as geography, family history, and particularly demographic details such as age, sex, and race. The medical history should include sexually transmitted disease, although the authors rightly point out that such enquiries are likely to be more fruitful in a

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