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From The CriticsReviewer: John W. Chandler, MD, FACS(University of Washington School of Medicine)
Description: This is a white-coat, pocket-sized book that covers a wide range of ophthalmic conditions.
Purpose: The authors wrote the book for two purposes. The first is to present "concise, useful information on a broad range of ophthalmic disorders" and the second is "to direct this information to a wide audience." They have used several tools to largely meet their objectives. These devices have given this book unique features that place it favorably among ophthalmology books written in this area.
Audience: It is targeted at medical students, ophthalmic technicians, primary care and emergency physicians, and ophthalmologists, including residents. Each group will find the book useful and informative. The three authors recently completed their training in ophthalmology. They write with the ability of seasoned authors and clearly remember the educational needs of the intended readers.
Features: As the title suggests, this book is filled with clinical photographs (mostly in color), and other visual material, including radiological images. The illustrations are small but usually make a pertinent educational point. The outline in the table of contents is superb for pointing the reader to the book section of interest. The consistent outline style of writing is useful for information retrieval. Important management paradigms are in green shaded boxes and emergency management in red shaded boxes. The index is very detailed and useful. The appendixes include such features as an exhaustive list of abbreviations used in ophthalmology and Spanish translations of ophthalmic terms. A suggested reading list of more comprehensive texts is substituted for references.
Assessment: This manual is a wonderful addition to the group of lower priced, pocket-sized general ophthalmology texts. The authors have used features that make the book easy to navigate as wel as informative. It is especially appropriate for medical students.