The third edition of the Cornea Atlas has much to recommend for both purchasers of earlier editions and those looking for a valuable resource for their practice. It is a very well-produced and comprehensive book. This new edition has some useful improvements over previous editions.
The layout of the book is similar to earlier editions but now consists of 25 chapters. It is important to note at the outset that it includes information on more than just the cornea. In fact, it covers a wide spectrum of corneal and external eye diseases and covers both common and uncommon conditions. Topics include lids, tears and lacrimal system, conjunctiva, sclera, iris tumors, and anterior uveitis.
There are several new chapters in this revamped third edition. One new chapter describes corneal slit lamp techniques in good detail and is an extremely valuable presentation, particularly for students or for those looking for a succinct summary of the topic.
The book provides high-quality detailed photographs of an extensive range of conditions. In total, there are in excess of 1250 color images. Each image has a caption with succinct and relevant information. Of course, the level of detail is limited, and it is expected that readers would need to consult traditional textbooks if they require a more detailed description of any particular condition.
This current edition of the book has been updated to include online access to its contents and images, which is an update that will, without doubt, be highly valued by readers. The online content is readily available using an access code included in the book. Most importantly, all materials can be searched electronically and images are easily enlarged for clear viewing.
Both the book and its online version include a comprehensive table of contents and an index, so that all conditions can be located and viewed quickly and easily.
Overall, this is an exceptionally well-produced book. It would be a valuable study guide for students, and it would be a valuable easily accessible resource for both new and experienced clinicians. It is a book that I highly recommend.
Leo G. Carney