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December 1989

Retinal Dystrophies and Degeneration

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Boston, Mass

Arch Ophthalmol. 1989;107(12):1730-1731. doi:10.1001/archopht.1989.01070020812015

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This book takes its place among several other recent volumes on retinal degenerations. Newsome's stated aim is to provide a useful update for the clinician. In the main, the volume fulfills its purpose.

"... provides useful and updated information..."

Twenty contributors join Dr Newsome to consider the heritable retinal degenerative disorders and other retinopathies. A wealth of information can be mined from the chapters. References at the end of chapters are typically numbered in the hundreds. However, the uneven quality of the writing and redundancies, engendered by the multiple-author approach, and lack of a conspicuous unifying framework or an integrated approach to patients with these disorders tarnish the wealth a bit. The 21 chapters are divided into two broad groups: one titled "Clinical and Laboratory Methods of Retinal Evaluation" and the other, in which various disease entities are described, is titled "Clinical Approaches to Retinal Degenerations." Approximately 20% of the book's

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