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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Margaret Amy Chang, MD, MS (Johns Hopkins Hospital)
Description: The long-awaited third edition of Spalton's acclaimed Atlas of Clinical Ophthalmology is a comprehensive collection of beautiful photographs, illustrations, and well-written, clinically relevant text. The CD-ROM, which enables easy access to digital images, is a welcome addition to this edition, which has been 11 years in the making.
Purpose: According to the author, the purpose of this atlas is to form a collection of high-quality photographs and illustrations of clinical significance likely to be encountered in clinical practice. Certainly, such a collection is indispensable for all ophthalmologists and ophthalmology residents, whether in general or subspecialty practice. This atlas is superb. General and exotic conditions are given the appropriate amount of detail, and the gorgeous photographs are accompanied by helpful explanatory illustrations and well-written text.
Audience: This atlas is indispensable for all ophthalmologists at every level. The authors have tailored the text and illustrations to general ophthalmologists, but the atlas is easily used by residents, fellows, and practicing ophthalmologists. The authors are certainly among the most highly respected in the field.
Features: This revised third edition builds on the basic framework and photographic collection of its preceding two editions, and covers all areas of ophthalmology in thorough detail. Like previous editions, a major strength of this atlas is that almost all photographs are accompanied by detailed explanatory drawings that clearly demonstrate each clinical finding. Correlations made between clinical photographs, histopathologic findings, and imaging modalities are particularly helpful, and enable deeper comprehension of the pathophysiology of disease. Along with significant text revision and expansion of useful tables, new photographs have been added. These include newer imaging modalities such as HRT, OCT, confocal microscopy, and anterior ultrasound biomicroscopy. The CD-ROM is invaluable, and is the highlight of this third edition. It features a user-friendly interface that allows easy access to illustrations through keyword and chapter search functions. Exporting files to HTML and Powerpoint presentations is a snap. Individual images can be compiled into collections that are easily saved for future reference.
Assessment: This is a gorgeous pedagogic tool that is unmatched in photographic quality and clarity of illustrations. This gem is greatly enhanced by the user-friendly CD-ROM that enables easy incorporation of digital images into presentation formats. It is a "must-have" for any reference shelf.