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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Robert S. Weinberg, MD (Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center)
Description: This is an extensive catalog of genetic diseases that affect the eye.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide general ophthalmologists, specialists, and other healthcare providers with clinical information on inherited eye diseases. This book does indeed provide useful clinical information and illustrative photographs of the many inherited eye diseases, making it a valuable resource to healthcare providers caring for such patients. The book clearly meets the objective of being a comprehensive reference for the many genetic diseases of the eye.
Audience: It is intended as a reference for ophthalmologists, but it is also a terrific resource for all healthcare providers, including family physicians, pediatricians, geneticists, and counselors who care for patients with genetic disorders. Furthermore, the book is a very useful reference for medical students and residents. It is authored by an expert in the field, and has contributions from other authorities in the field of genetic eye diseases.
Features: The book provides information on the many genetic diseases that have ocular manifestations. The information includes inheritance patterns, gene location, epidemiology, clinical findings, ocular findings, and therapeutic aspects. High quality photographs illustrate ocular findings as well as other clinical manifestations of the disease. Unique to this book is the information on support groups for almost all of the genetic diseases. Such information is useful to the healthcare provider counseling these patients on their disease.
Assessment: This book offers ophthalmologists and other healthcare providers a comprehensive and easy-to-use reference of the many genetic diseases that affect the eye.