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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: John W. Chandler, MD, FACS (University of Washington School of Medicine)
Description: This book provides ophthalmologists with unique, comprehensive descriptions of the lasers used in disorders of the eye and adnexa. It should be of wide interest to ophthalmologists, residents, and ophthalmic technologists.
Purpose: The authors provide an authoritative update of the status of lasers and laser procedures, which fills a need for such a single source reference. Further, they have given the reader useful descriptions of procedures, often with alternatives. Their objectives have been accomplished by the use of text, line drawings, charts, and photographs.
Audience: The target audiences have a wide range of background information, but all of them should find worthwhile new ideas and facts. The authors have significant clinical and in some cases research experience in lasers. They have used a number of nice tools to convey their messages.
Features: The book is filled with pertinent, high quality photographs, including the appropriate use of color and angiograms. The line drawings, charts, and algorithms complement and enhance the other illustrations. In addition, each chapter uses current and classical references and a selected biography. Recently published papers are noted and briefly discussed. Because each chapter is tissue or laser type specific, the book is easy to use.
Assessment: This is a high quality publication that provides important and pertinent information in an easy to read manner. It is an excellent addition to an ophthalmologist's personal library.