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From The CriticsReviewer: Stacy A Sjoberg, M.D./Ph.D.(Johns Hopkins Hospital)
Description: This atlas provides an excellent pictorial and overview of common pediatric eye disease. The photographs demonstrate an excellent collection. The material is presented in an organized, straightforward manner for the generalist to appreciate. Basic concepts are emphasized. Definitions, clinical features, differential diagnosis, workup, and treatment options are included.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide visual representation of the common eye diseases in pediatrics. The objectives are worthy and there is a need for a book such as this. I believe the book meets the author's objectives. Most photographs are excellent with only a few exceptions. Most common eye diseases in pediatrics are included.
Audience: The intended audience is broad and includes pediatric physicians, nurses, family care personnel, childcare center personnel, emergency rooms, schools, optometrists, opticians, and ophthalmologists. Although a strong effort is made to define terms, some of the terminology is not defined for the nonophthalmologist. However, I still think this serves as an excellent reference book for the nonophthalmologist. Some of the book is simplistic and maybe a little repetitive, but the authors themselves state the intention of the book is not to replace excellent books, but to photographically enhance. I think it is an excellent book for the ophthalmology resident. The author is a credible authority.
Features: The atlas covers common pediatric eye disease from neonates to school-age children and includes infectious, trauma, congenital, and hereditary conditions. The emphasis in on the photographs with outlines and summaries of definitions of terms, differential diagnosis, workup and treatment options. The color photographs are excellent. Chapters on TORCH syndromes, cataracts, and retinopathy of prematurity are especially excellent. The book is well-organized. The best part of the book are the color photographs. Shortcomings may be that not all terminology is defined for the nonophthalmologist and some things are too simplistic for the ophthalmologist.
Assessment: The book is of excellent quality. I found it very useful and enjoyable to review as an ophthalmology resident. I think it is excellent as an atlas and quick reference. More detailed information can be obtained from in-depth books.