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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Madhura A. Tamhankar, MD (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine)
Description: The authors have fulfilled a need with this book that will help ophthalmologists in the clinic when encountering a patient with a potential neuro-ophthalmic disease. The first chapter begins with a description of "20 neuro rules" that every ophthalmologist should know as well as three common mistakes that ophthalmologists tend to make. The book is divided into chapters that are organized into neuro-ophthalmic symptom- or sign-based workups of the afferent and efferent visual pathways. A very detailed and practical guide to neuro-ophthalmic history and examination ends the book.
Purpose: It meets its objectives of educating general ophthalmologists and ophthalmic residents. The illustrations are pertinent and of a very high quality. A color code adjacent to the listing of chapters makes it easy to find the desired chapter by looking at the symptom list in the beginning and flipping to the corresponding color-coded pages.
Audience: The book is targeted at ophthalmic practitioners and residents. The authors have laid down very clear indications for neuro-ophthalmology referrals when encountering patients with neuro-ophthalmic disorders.
Features: The content is superb and the book is easy to read. Subtle points that are not only practical but also insightful speak of the senior author's wide and varied experience in the field. The large text size, the organization of content, and the beautiful illustrations make for an enjoyable quick read. The use of color codes and colorful flow charts give this book a very contemporary look.
Assessment: There are several neuro-ophthalmology books on the market. What makes this one unique are the small size (<400 pages), the symptom-based approach to the workup of neuro-ophthalmic diseases, and the beautiful illustrations. It is less descriptive and more practical, which makes it useful for general ophthalmologists in clinics.