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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michelle Tarver-Carr, MD, PhD (Johns Hopkins Hospital)
Description: This book is a general overview of common diseases seen within neuro-ophthalmology with multiple illustrations illustrating each topic. Not only are various presentations of diseases depicted, but mistakes commonly made in their diagnosis are also highlighted.
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to present case studies with illustrations to aid in the management of neuro-ophthalmic patients. The author also shows how mistakes in diagnoses are made by the common ophthalmologist.
Audience: The atlas is appropriate for a wide audience the author targeted, ranging from the medical student to the general practicing ophthalmologist.
Features: The atlas details abnormalities along the visual pathway ranging from refractive errors to cortical lesions. While not going into great detail regarding the pathophysiology of each disease, the atlas presents a myriad of pictures that cover the most prevalent neuro-ophthalmic conditions with some discussion of the less frequently occurring diseases. Pupillary abnormalities are described as well as optic neuritis and the swollen optic disc. Abnormalities of the efferent pathway are also presented with illustrations of surgical repair.
Assessment: The illustrations are beautiful with helpful citations that guide the reader to literature underlying the controversial topics. Most neuro-ophthalmic texts are multi-volumed texts with dense prose and much fewer photographs. This atlas is a much-needed addition to the field.