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May 1990

Atlas of Clinical Ophthalmoscopy

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Boston, Mass

Arch Ophthalmol. 1990;108(5):656. doi:10.1001/archopht.1990.01070070042029

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According to the authors, this book was produced to rectify a deficit of fundus atlases in the Italian literature. It has not only achieved this goal but has also added a valuable pictorial reference to the international literature. It contains 616 color photographs and 90 black-and-white illustrations of fluorescein angiograms that depict the normal fundus and a broad spectrum of major intraocular abnormalities. The fundus photographs, photomicrographs, and angiograms are of excellent quality and are beautifully reproduced to provide a stunning panorama of ophthalmoscopic findings.

The text fails to match the excellence of the illustrations and varies in clarity, depth, and accuracy in the 11 chapters. This may reflect the participation of 12 coauthors, although one would presume their selection was on the basis of particular expertise in each area. The descriptions and explanations of vascular changes in general, and in diabetic retinopathy in particular, are confusing and deviate from

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