Ophthalmology. A Short Textbook, 2nd ed.

Ophthalmology. A Short Textbook, 2nd ed.

360 AMERICAN JOURNAL OF OPHTHALMOLOGY August, 1985 The strength of this publication lies in its wealth of excellent illustrations. It will be a u...

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August, 1985

The strength of this publication lies in its wealth of excellent illustrations. It will be a useful addition to libraries associated with residency training programs, and helpful to neophyte extracapsular posterior chamber implant surgeons.

come familiar with the diagnostic potentials of the test. I recommend it to anyone who wishes to gain a better understanding of the clinical application of evoked potentials.

Evoked Potential Primer. By Rainer Spehlmann. Boston, Butterworth Publishers, 1985. Softcover, 400 pages, index, illustrated. $29.95

Aspergillosis. Edited by Yousef AI-Doory and Gerald E. Wagner. Springfield, Charles C Thomas, 1985. 274 pages, index, illustrated. $29.75

Reviewed by DAVID NEiMA 'Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Reviewed by JOEL M. WEINSTEIN Madison, Wisconsin

This book is intended for physicians who want to learn how to record and interpret visual-evoked potentials, auditory-evoked potentials, somatosensory-evoked potentials, and event-related potentials. The major part of the book is dedicated to the basics and is of interest to the ophthalmologist interested in visualevoked potentials. The book is organized into chapters and subheadings that guide the reader to areas of interest. Simple illustrations clearly depict various aspects of evoked potentials. There has long been a need for a book on visual-evoked potentials directed to the clinician. The basic concepts of generating, recording, and averaging visual-evoked potentials are foreign to most medical graduates. Yet the interpretation of visual-evoked potentials cannot be done reliably without a basic understanding of things such as electronic filters, stimulus characteristics, or averaging techniques. In the first section of the book the author covers all the essentials of the evoked potential in a manner which the medical graduate can understand. Then, in the second section of the book, the reader is treated to an excellent summary of the major visual-evoked potential techniques in which the many pitfalls of interpretation are clearly outlined. This text does not provide a full discussion of the many disease processes that have been investigated with visual-evoked potentials, but it does give extensive references to the relevant literature. In addition, there is an index to guide the reader to particular topics. This book is an excellent introduction for the ophthalmologist or ophthalmology resident doing clinical evoked potentials. It is also ideal for the ophthalmologist who only occasionally uses visualevoked potentials and who would like to be-

This book will be of interest to ophthalmologists because it contains an excellent review of ocular aspergillosis by M. F. Armaly. The incidence of ocular aspergillosis has increased dramatically in the past 30 years and the reasons for this increase as well as the therapeutic options are discussed in detail in this wellreferenced chapter. The remainder of the book is primarily of interest to pathologists, immunologists, and infectious disease specialists. The book would be most appropriate for a general medical rather than an ophthalmologic library.

Books Received Common Eye Diseases and Their Management. By N. R. Galloway. New York, Springer-Verlag, 1985. Softcover, 278 pages, index, $35

This is a softcover, octavo general ophthalmology text directed to the medical student and the family practitioner.

Ophthalmology. A Short Textbook, 2nd ed. By Fritz Hollwich. Translated and adapted by Frederick C. Blodi. New York, Thieme-Stratton Inc., 1985. Softcover, 363 pages, index, illustrated. $15; outside U.S. $18

This is a compact, portable introduction to general ophthalmology, with a flexible, waterproof cover and many clear illustrations. This popular book is now in its tenth German edition.