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Year : 2001  |  Volume : 49  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 143-144

Book review

Chennai, India

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Color Atlas of Gonioscopy. Wallace LM, Alward. The foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology 2001, 128 pages, illustrated, indexed.

Reviewed by Dr. Murali Ariga, Chennai

Gonioscopy forms an integral part of a complete ophthalmic examination and is mandatory in the diagnosis and management of glaucoma. Unfortunately there are very few text books which describe in detail the techniques of examining the angle of the anterior chamber. The old versions of gonioscopic atlases are either now obsolete or out of print. The present publication would therefore be a welcome addition for learning and teaching for both practicing clinicians and postgraduate students.

The author recognizing that gonioscopy is a visual science has put together a collection of superb slit lamp and goniophotographs besides a remarkable collection of water colour paintings of the angle created by Lee Allen in the early 1950's. These paintings show with unique clarity the importance of identifying the corneal wedge, which is a very useful landmark in studying the angle. (The corneal wedge does not photograph very well). The atlas includes a description of the anatomy of the angle and a brief history of gonioscopy. The chapters on principles and techniques of slit lamp gonioscopy are excellent with clear line diagrams and colour photographs. The description of the angle structures seen (normal and abnormal) is lucid with clear sketches and colour accompanying paintings. Normal variations have been clearly described and their differentiation from abnormal is well detailed. Various gonioscopic grading systems have been described including the Scheie, Schaffer and Spaeth systems.

The section of the atlas dealing with developmental anomalies, abnormalities associated with closed angle and open angles (including tumour and trauma) have a brief description of the disease process along with excellent clinical (slit lamp and gonioscopy) and histopathological photographs. There is a brief chapter on gonioscopic laser procedures such as laser trabeculoplasty, iridoplasty and goniocyclophotocoagulation.

The only minor shortcoming, if at all, is that the references are listed at the end of the book in alphabetical order. The references could have been numbered and included at the end of each chapter for easy referencing.

Clinical Glaucoma Management: Critical signs in diagnosis and therapy.Gross RL, editor. New York: WB Saunders Co., 2001. 509 pages, illustated, indexed.

The hallmark of this new book on glaucoma is that it provides a different approach to various clinical problems in glaucoma. It is,clearly meant for the clinicians' desk. Various renowned glaucomatologists have put in their best efforts and clinical knowledge to give a comprehensive guide to problems in treating this disease.

The book is divided into 5 major sections dealing with key concepts, patient characteristics, diagnostic signs, therapeutic signs and glaucoma measures. The initial section deals with the pathophysiology of glaucoma along with preferred practice patterns. The second section on patient characteristics contains new chapters on hitherto untouched areas like genetics, racial differences and systemic syndromes with glaucoma. Sections three and four give an overall picture for diagnosis, management and trouble-shooting in clinical situations. The final section deals with glaucoma measures such as intraocular pressure, visual fields and optic nerve head evaluation in a methodical fashion and discusses their limitations.

This book is recommended as a guide to clinicians who want to practice serious glaucoma.

Colour Atlas of the Eye in Systemic Disease.

Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. Gold DHT, Weingeist TA, editors. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 2000. Indexed, illustrated.

Reviewed by Dr Jyotirmay Biswas, Chennai.

The eye is a small world in itself. In fact, many systemic diseases can be diagnosed by carefully examining the eye itself; whether it is a chromosomal disorder (Turner's syndrome), collagen disease (systemic lupus erythematosus), endocrine disorder (diabetic retinopathy or thyroid ophthalmopathy), haematologic disorder (sickle cell retinopathy), infectious disease (cytomegalovirus retinitis). The list can go on. It is always a challenge to correlate systemic findings with eye changes and vice versa. A color atlas of the eye in systemic diseases is therefore a welcome addition to the list of ophthalmology books on the topic.

A color atlas has its own advantages and disadvantages. The creation of a visual impression is the main goal with supportive salient information. The Colour Atlas of the Eye in Systemic Disease perfectly serves the purpose. The same editors earlier brought out a textbook. The Eye in Systemic Disease, nearly ten years ago. This atlas has been put together by an amazing 198 contributors. Each chapter has been written by one to three authors. The book has 20 parts, each consisting of several chapters. Each chapter is divided in three sections: I) General II) Systemic manifestation III) Ocular manifestations. This helps quick reading and understanding. More than a full page is devoted to several classic photographs, each worth a thousand words. Suggested readings provided at the end will be very useful to postgraduates. This book should be most useful for a general practitioner who might like to keep it in the clinic for quick reference. Postgraduates will find it very useful before an examination as the information is given the point format. Any academic-minded ophthalmologist would like to have this book in his or her proud possession.

Anterior Segment Intraocular Inflammation Guidelines. Benezra D, Ohno S, Secchi AG X Alio JL. (Editors) Martin Dunitz; 2000. 1888 pages, indexed, illustrated

Reviewed by Dr Jyotirmay Biswas, Chennai

Anterior segment intraocular inflammation is often seen and managed by general ophthalmologists. These cases are less challenging and more amenable to treatment than posterior segment intraocular inflammation. The availability of topical anti-inflammatory agents with relatively high corneal permeability and concentration and fewer side effects and the possibility of frequent topical applications can lead to a favourable clinical resolution. International Ocular Inflammation Society (IOIS) is a well-recognized international body with a group of international experts of intraocular inflammation. They organize international conferences on intraocular inflammation. The book's anterior segment intraocular inflammation guidelines are a 3rdeducational publication from IOIS. Top uveitis experts from the different parts of the world were directly responsible for developing these guidelines.

The book has three sections. The first section provides an overview of anterior segment intraocular inflammation covering general descriptions, aetiology and pathogenesis. These investigations are described. The second section deals with the various types of intraocular.inflammation, e.g, infectious, non-infectious, with or without systemic involvement and lastly, masquerade syndrome. Section three deals with the medical and surgical management.

The book would be very useful not only as handbook but also to provide visual explanations to the patients using the illustrative colour photographs. The strength of the book is the unbiased and up-to-date information provided. References are recent and very selective. As a uveitis specialist, I always ask my residents to bring this book to the clinic for ready reference. I feel once other practicing uveitis specialists see this book, they will also wish to keep the book handy.


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