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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mark O. Swanson, OD (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
Description: The book is a concise text covering major topics of interest in the area of neurologic disease with ophthalmic manifestations. It falls somewhere in between a comprehensive text and a brief nuts and bolts overview, leaning more in the direction of a comprehensive text.
Purpose: In the preface, the author notes that this book is not intended to take the place of more comprehensive neuro-ophthalmic texts.
Audience: It is intended to provide the practitioner with a quick reference guide to neuro-ophthalmic disorders.
Features: The book is divided into nine chapters that cover most major areas of neuro-ophthalmic disease. It has numerous tables and neuroanatomic figures to augment the text. Included in each chapter are short clinical pearls that highlight specific points of importance.
Assessment: There are two ways in which neurology and neuro-ophthalmic texts are generally written; anatomically and epidemiological. Anatomic texts tend to emphasize "if where, then what," epidemiological texts tend to emphasize "if this problem, it is most likely due to this underlying condition." The anatomical texts allow for greatest true understanding of the disease process, but are often more difficult for clinicians who are looking for "what is it, what do I do for it" answers. The book follows the anatomic format in most chapters. The chapters have considerable detail but are not comprehensive in their coverage of neuro-ophthalmic disease, as the author intended. Readers evaluating the book need to consider if the anatomic format and and information level are suitable for their purposes.