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October 1986

Retinal Detachment: A Colour Manual of Diagnosis and Treatment

Arch Ophthalmol. 1986;104(10):1446. doi:10.1001/archopht.1986.01050220040018

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Here is a gem of a book. It is crafted for general ophthalmologists and those in training "to provide sufficient knowledge to enable the reader to manage... uncomplicated cases of retinal detachment." It does so in only about 150 pages of text and illustrations, but they, like facets of a gemstone, are brilliant and colorful. Almost every page has a full-color fundus drawing by the marvelous Terry Tarrant of London or a splendid clinical photograph by Daphne Barrister. These illustrations of diagnostic procedures, physical signs, and therapeutic maneuvers, are, with rare exceptions (such as that of "tobacco dust" in the vitreous), among the best that can be found in any book.

In addition to its laudable brevity and beauty, this manual is extremely well organized from a pedagogic point of view. Each chapter has a useful outline, a series of pithy explanatory comments (with Mr Kanski's favorite teaching pearls emphasized

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