Description: This is an expansive and detailed update on one of the world's leading causes of blindness by world experts. It proves to be a timely and worthwhile update to the 2002 first edition.
Purpose: The author strives to provide a comprehensive resource on the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of age-related macular degeneration. These are worthy objectives given the increasing prevalence and rapidly changing landscape of the treatment of the disease. By combining carefully crafted chapters by experts in the field, the author decisively meets these objectives.
Audience: According to the author, the audience includes researchers and clinicians in the field of age-related macular degeneration. The extensive detail and the breadth of topics covered make the book most appropriate for individuals who have a career interest in the disease and excludes students and most residents. The author has established herself in the field of age-related macular degeneration through participation in key clinical trials.
Features: The book begins with a thorough review of what is known about the pathophysiology of the disease, continues with an extensive description of the many clinical features of the condition, delivers a comprehensive survey of contemporary treatments available, and concludes with a selection of related topics including imaging modalities, rehabilitation options, and clinical trial design. The book's strength is its unprecedented detail and inclusion of the majority of the recognized experts in the field. Every major and several minor subjects are covered, giving the book an advantage over others, many of which are less comprehensive. All clinically relevant sections of the book include several color photographs and fluorescein angiograms which help elucidate the material. The background and epidemiological sections of the book, however, suffer from the relative lack of color and illustrations to highlight the relevant details.
Assessment: This book delivers a timely and comprehensive update on age-related macular degeneration in detailed chapters by world experts. In a time when knowledge and treatment of the disease is changing rapidly, this book provides a reliable and extremely detailed resource for both clinicians and researchers. Valuable photographs adorn many sections, and the wealth of detail makes up for the lack of illustration in the others.