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Ophthalmology edited by Myron Yanoff, Jay S. Duker (Mosby) is a state-of-the-art reference covering every aspect of ophthalmology in one volume encompassing the latest genetic knowledge, diagnostic procedures and techniques, proven management strategies, and surgical approaches, and new drugs.
Edited by Myron Yanoff, MD, FACS, Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, Allegheny University Hospitals , Philadelphia , PA and Jay S. Duker, MD, New England Eye Center , Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston , MA , the book includes work by an esteemed author team and contributions of hundreds of top-tier practitioners. They provide trustworthy guidance on practically every ophthalmic condition and procedure. The volume is filled with an impressive collection of 2,500 detailed photographic images, and includes a CD-ROM with full text, slides, and navigation tools for quick access and easy use.

The first edition of Ophthalmology was published in 1999. At that time, although excellent multivolume textbooks that attempted to cover all aspects of ophthalmology were available, no complete textbook of ophthalmology in a single volume existed. Only four years later Yaroff and Duker found that enormous advances have taken place in the areas of ophthalmic technology, genetics, and immunology, among others. For example, in the first edition, they described in detail the radial keratotomy procedure but only mentioned LASIK in passing. In this edition there are several new chapters on LASIK, LASEK, and LTK. Electronic vision and wavefront testing are also covered in greater detail. Other chapters new to this edition are tumors of the conjunctiva and cornea, nonpenetrating glaucoma surgery, and perspectives or aberrations of the eye. A new section on neuro-ophthalmic emergencies has also been added.

The color coding of the sections in the first edition proved successful, and it has been retained in the second edition. The editors have also integrated the basic visual science with clinical information throughout and maintained an entire separate section dedicated to genetics and the eye.

Ophthalmology is not encyclopedic, but it is comprehensive. As an example, in dealing with surgery, the individual techniques continue to change rapidly, so they do not emphasize the details of every surgical approach to oph­thalmic disease but rather concentrate on those areas that are more generally accepted and less volatile, namely surgical indi­cations, general principles of surgical techniques, and surgical complications. For in-depth discussions of current surgical tech­niques, a plethora of excellent books already exists, as well as books covering every ophthalmic subspecialty and anatomical area within the eye. Key references are given for every entry but redundant refer­ences are avoided. In Ophthalmology, the emphasis is on current information that is relevant to clinical practice superimposed on the broad framework that comprises ophthalmology.


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