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May 1990

Uveitis: A Clinical Approach to Diagnosis and Management

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Boston, Mass

Arch Ophthalmol. 1990;108(5):655. doi:10.1001/archopht.1990.01070070041026

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Drs Smith and Nozik have updated their popular reference, first published in 1983. Much of the original text is maintained but important additions refer to relatively new entities, including acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, acute retinal necrosis, "birdshot" choroidopathy, and newer laboratory tests and therapeutic modalities.

The authors have wisely retained their chapters on special clinical problems in uveitis. Although brief, these chapters provide useful guides in developing a differential diagnosis for specific ocular inflammatory findings. Also maintained are good introductory chapters on the general principles of history taking, signs, classification, and general management of uveitis. An atlas of 49 color plates is of unusually good quality with useful representative illustrations of common uveitic syndromes.

Many aspects of uveitis diagnosis and management remain controversial. Smith and Nozik focus on their particular approach to these ocular inflammatory diseases without examining the attendant controversies, but this approach is appropriate in a general introductory text.

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