SURVEY OF OPHTHALMOLOGY
VOLUME 27 * NUMBER 3. NOVEMBER-DECEMBER
STEVEN M. PODOS, EDITOR
Ocular Pathology: A Text and Atlas, 2nd EdiYanoff and Ben S. Fine. Philadelphia, Harper & Row, 1982, pp. 944, illus. Price: $115.00.
tion, by Myron
These days there are so many ophthalmology text books available for purchase by the ophthalmology resident and ophthalmologist that one would hardly be in a position to purchase many of them. Some exceptions exist! Ocular Pathology is one of them. It is an absolutely basic book and one that should be present in every ophthalmologist’s library. The second and eagerly awaited edition has now been published. It surpasses the first edition. The general format of the book has continued from the first edition in that the text has been prepared in an outline fashion. However, it departs from the previous edition in that much more text is available, more conditions are discussed and in greater detail. One of the features of the first edition is carried foward - the illustrative material is excellent. One new addition, the highlighting of the tables, is very useful. The references are up-to-date. The index has been improved, as well (it was a weak point in the first edition). ALAN H. FRIEDMAN
malacia, by Alfred versity Press,
Sommer. New York, O.yford Uni1982, 282 pp., illus. Price: $24.95
Nutritional blindness, especially xerophthalmia and keratomalacia, is prevalent among the people of underdeveloped and developing countries. It has been the subject of interest to ophthalmologists throughout the world. This thesis is written by Alfred Sommer, based on his extensive experiences in epidemiologic and preventive ophthalmology and on the research work conducted during his Indonesian nutritional blindness prevention project. It includes detailed descriptions of the history, nomenclature, chemistry and metabolism of vitamin A, clinical diagnosis, classification, histopathology, epidemiology, and treatment and prevention of nutritional blindness. The author’s excellent work is demonstrated in
the book by 41 figures, 96 tables and 32 colored plates. The important sections of this book also include recent advances on vitamin A-protein interactions, discussion of various ocular lesions of vitamin A deficiency on an anatomical basis, histopathological correlations, and the 1981 revision of the WHO recommendation on clinical classification and treatment of xerophthalmia. There may be many other ophthalmic conditions besides xerophthalmia and keratomalacia associated with or caused by nutritional deficiencies of various vitamins and micronutrients. This book might serve as a guide to ophthalmologists, nutritionists, internists, people in the field of preventive medicine, medical students, and research scientists to explore those ailments other than vitamin A deficiency conditions.
A Study Guide For Glaucoma, by M. Bruce Shields, Baltimore, Williams and Wilkins, 1982, 544 pp., illus. Price: $60.00
This is an unusual book. Developed from a series of lecture outlines, it is much more than an outline. Intended to introduce the subject, it is much more than an introduction. Including a reading list, it is actually an up-to-date compendium and source book. Not intending to replace the classic textbooks in the field, it competes with them remarkably. of this textbook takes us The organization through the basics of glaucoma, such as aqueous optic nerve and visual field, humor dynamics, touching on anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathogenesis of disease and documentation of abnormality. The clinical forms of disease are discussed next, divided into primary and secondary glaucomas. Finally, medical and surgical therapy are covered, including penetration of drugs and basic pharmacology. Throughout, there is a sense of completeness yet conciseness. This book is a study guide, as the neophyte might have difficulty with all the nuances contained herein without referring to the very extensive bibliography appended at the end of each chapter. However, those who are well acquainted with the field will find a solidification of