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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: John W. Chandler, MD, FACS (University of Washington School of Medicine)
Description: Authorities on scleritis have published an atlas that combines color photographs and diagrams with fluorescein angiograms and ultrasonography to demonstrate the clinical manifestations of this disorder.
Purpose: The atlas is formatted to demonstrate the findings with minimal interspersed written text. This is an area of only modest appreciation of the clinical involvements and their implications. A study of this atlas will allow clinicians to appreciate the spectrum of clinical involvements, make a diagnosis based on a useful classification, and to become a better diagnostician in the area of inflammatory ocular diseases.
Audience: The atlas is designed for use by ophthalmology residents and practicing ophthalmologists. In the process readers will gain a better understanding of the vascular supply to the external eye.
Features: As an atlas, this publication is filled with high-quality color photographs of clinical conditions coupled with fluorescein angiograms and useful diagrams. The legends to the figures are appropriately detailed and useful. The atlas can be studied in its entirety or used to look up a specific condition. The index is brief but useful. The quality of the color figures is excellent.
Assessment: The atlas gives the reader an opportunity to understand how authorities study and classify eyes with episcleritis and scleritis. This important first step allows the clinician to make an accurate diagnosis and subsequently select appropriate treatment regimens. The atlas will be a useful addition to the libraries of ophthalmologists with an interest in inflammatory diseases.