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September 1985

Infectious Diseases of the Eye

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by Gilbert Smolin, Khalid Tabbara, and John Whitcher, 182 pp, with illus, Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins Co, 1984, $38.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1985;103(9):1286. doi:10.1001/archopht.1985.01050090038027

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Drs Smolin, Tabbara, and Whitcher have written a short, easy-to-read monograph that provides a systematic approach to all aspects of infectious ocular disease. The book is divided into seven chapters, each of which covers a discrete anatomic region. Within each chapter, a general discussion precedes a detailed discussion of both common and rare pathogens.

The chapter about corneal infections contains one of the most comprehensive yet concise discussions of this topic we have seen. An excellent presentation of the workup, differential diagnosis, and selection and modification of antimicrobial coverage for bacterial, fungal, and herpetic infections appears in a clear and clinically useful format. There are similar excellent discussions about conjunctival infections, lid infections, and endophthalmitis. Interesting (and hard-to-find) information about unusual scleral infections is also included.

There are very few weaknesses of this textbook. The section about orbital infections lacks the depth and organizational strengths that are present in the

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