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July 1996

Retina, 2nd Edition

Arch Ophthalmol. 1996;114(7):900. doi:10.1001/archopht.1996.01100140114027

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When first published 5 years ago, Retina quickly became a text that was relied on by the ophthalmologist with a practice emphasizing vitreoretinal diseases and surgery. Residents and retinal fellows also found it to be a virtual "bible." In my office, it quickly joined a select few other texts such as Gass' Stereoscopic Atlas of Macular Diseases and Michels' Retinal Detachment text on the bookshelf directly behind my desk, where I could easily reach it. Now Ryan has produced a second edition that should supplant the first in most physicians' libraries.

Ryan has again divided the work into three volumes. Volume 1 emphasizes basic science, inherited diseases, tumors, and echography. Volume 2 covers medical retinal diseases, and volume 3 covers surgical vitreoretinal issues. In general, there is a consistency to the chapters, with relatively little of the overlap and variable depth of coverage seen in most multiauthored texts. Throughout the

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