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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Roberta E Gausas, MD (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine)
Description: This book explores the anatomy, diagnosis, and management of lacrimal disorders, and discusses the gamut of disorders, from commonly-seen to rarer etiologies.
Purpose: The editors have asked prominent clinicians to share their knowledge of lacrimal anatomy and disorders, in order to comprehensively discuss the optimal management of the tearing patient.
Audience: This is clearly targeted to oculoplastic specialists. Because its course covers basic examination skills and an overview of the anatomy, it may be best suited to fellows and clinicians who are earlier in their careers. However, the chapters on revisions, endoscopic procedures, lasers, and adjuvant chemotherapeutic agents may be interesting to more seasoned surgeons.
Features: The book thoroughly covers the anatomy, paying special attention to anatomic variants and intranasal anatomy. In addition, basic examination skills and imaging techniques are addressed. Finally, a wide variety of surgical approaches and management issues are discussed.
Assessment: This is a welcome addition to our knowledge of lacrimal anatomy. While other texts (Color Atlas of Lacrimal Surgery, Olver et al. (Butterworth-Heinemann, 2002)) may provide similar information, this book certainly culls from the knowledge of many prominent surgeons, and explores this area of oculoplastic surgery thoroughly.
(This review was prepared by Roberta E. Gausas, MD, and Edward Wladis, MD, Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.)