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January 1990

Amaurosis Fugax

Author Affiliations

Boston, Mass


edited by Eugene F. Bernstein, 310 pp, with 87 illus, New York, NY, Springer-Verlag NY Inc, 1988, $75.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1990;108(1):26. doi:10.1001/archopht.1990.01070030032015

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This book represents the collaborative effort of 35 specialists who have an interest in the syndrome of transient monocular blindness. Special attention is given to the pathophysiology, diagnostic testing, natural history, and therapy of this disease. This broad approach has the benefit of providing information on a wider scope than the title would suggest. This is certainly one of the strengths of this book.

"The major disadvantage is the lack of a comprehensive perspective..."

For instance, the three chapters written by Hayreh deal with the arterial anatomy of the eye, acute ischemia of the optic nerve, and venous stasis retinopathy. Each of these chapters is well written, and the reader emerges with a better perspective on the overall problem of vascular diseases of the eye. The chapter on non-invasive diagnosis of carotid vascular disease is also valuable. The downside of the approach, inherent in many texts that include numerous authors,

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