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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: John W. Chandler, MD, FACS (University of Washington School of Medicine)
Description: This is another superb monograph in the Lifelong Education for the Ophthalmologist series by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The book focuses upon the optic nerve in disorders involving the eye and central nervous system.
Purpose: The editor has established five important educational objectives that will enhance the clinical acumen of an ophthalmologist and has succeeded in achieving them in grand fashion. The style of the book's layout, tables, illustrations, and references are synergistic in facilitating the use of the monograph for both comprehensive reading and looking up a specific condition.
Audience: This book should be on the required reading list for all ophthalmology and neurology residents. Also, ophthalmologists should have this monograph in their libraries and be familiar with its contents in preparation for board examinations. The contributors are neuro-ophthalmologists who know the subject and know how to educate readers.
Features: Superb illustrations, color clinical photographs, and radiological studies give the reader clear examples of the text's points of emphasis. The table of contents and index are excellent navigational aids for looking up specific subjects. There is a CME credit test at the end of the book.
Assessment: This is an especially valuable book for ophthalmologists. It provides understandable descriptions of complex processes involved in the biology and clinical courses of diseases involving the optic nerve. These conditions, especially early in their course, can be subtle, so detection at this critical time must be based upon solid understanding and application of knowledge of the type richly supplied in this monograph.