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From the PublisherClinical Diagnosis in
Jack J Kanski
USA: Elsevier Mosby, 2006
601 pages, RPR $290.00
Reviewed by IAN S DOUGLAS,
Department of Optometry and Vision
Sciences, The University of Melbourne
Jack Kanski is well known in the area of ophthalmic disease, having written numerous excellent books over many years.
This first edition is an atlas rather than a textbook and so does not include descriptions of symptoms, treatment or any information relating to differential diagnosis.
Each image has a brief descriptive note.
The book is divided into 18 chapters encompassing all aspects of ocular disease,
including congenital and inherited abnormalities,
trauma and strabismus. Each chapter has a series of subheadings, under which specific conditions with a number of appropriate images are listed. For example,
in the chapter on eyelids one of the 15 sub-headings is ‘Viral infections of the lid’, which is further broken down into the specific conditions of Herpes zoster ophthalmicus, Herpes simplex and molluscum contagiosum, with an excellent selection of images for each condition.
The index lists all of these conditions,
allowing them to be easily found in the body of the book. Where appropriate,
there are also images of the systemic disease associated with the ocular condition.
The quality of reproduction of the images is excellent and throughout the book there are numerous high quality drawings by the renowned ophthalmic artist
TR Tarrant. Where appropriate, there are also images of supportive tests such as
X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, angiograms and
The book includes a single-user CDROM
that has the images and their descriptions in digital form. The CD-ROM
has all the images that are in the book and includes a search function, which gives quick and easy access. There is an export function, which allows for the images to be cut and pasted into documents and presentations such as PowerPoint. Their quality is more than adequate for use in a
PowerPoint presentation or slide-show.
The CD-ROM works well on PCs running
Windows 95 onwards. Unfortunately,
it required a little more skill to get it to run on a Macintosh with OS9 or Classic,
and it is not possible to run it on the latest
Macintosh operating system Tiger, which has been available in Australia for about one year.
Both the book and CD-ROM are very useful in a clinical setting for showing patients the conditions they have. The CDROM
is an excellent source of images for teaching purposes, with the images easily exported into teaching presentations. The only disadvantage is that it will not run on the latest Macintosh computers. As a reference book to help differentially diagnose a condition, it is less useful, but it is helpful in putting a name to a condition by comparing the image with the patient’s ocular features.