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From The CriticsReviewer: Christopher B Chambers, M.D.(Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This is a much-needed update of the 1997 edition of a comprehensive discourse on the medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma.
Purpose: The purpose is to present an updated, comprehensive review of the glaucomas. Carrying on Dr. Chandler's and Dr. Grant's original mission of 1986, the new editors, Dr. Kahook and Dr. Schumann, have met their objective.
Audience: It is geared primarily for comprehensive ophthalmologists, possibly glaucoma specialists, and residents and fellows.
Features: The book covers the basic anatomy and physiology of glaucoma, medications, laser procedures, surgical interventions, various types of open-angle, closed-angle, combined, and secondary glaucomas, including pediatric. One of the more innovative aspects of the book is the use of case presentations at the end of many chapters from the authors' own patient vignettes, demonstrating how they applied the information they present in the book to actual practice. Another highlight is the use of special red textboxes featuring unique and important issues that do not easily fit into a typical chapter, such as "How to Handle Mitomycin-C." A primary shortcoming is the omission of some of the more recent clinical trials. For instance, the 2012 Low Tension Glaucoma Treatment Study results on the use of brimonidine are conspicuously missing from the chapter on low tension glaucoma.
Assessment: Already one of my personal favorites, this is my go-to reference when teaching residents and medical students. Since glaucoma knowledge has advanced tremendously since the 1997 edition (i.e., movement from limbus to fornix-based conjunctival flaps, use of anti-VEGF therapy for NVG), this updated edition is much appreciated.