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Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, 4th ed.

Wong, Vivian M. W.

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doi: 10.1097/OPX.0000000000000147
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Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2012. $349.00
Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2012. $349.00

The first edition of this classic text was published in 1990, and it has remained the most authoritative and comprehensive reference text in pediatric eye care through its four editions. The editors have successfully created a rare culmination of knowledge from more than 100 leading experts in pediatric ophthalmology and vision science, providing the reader with not only the most up-to-date information on current clinical practice and research in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus but also invaluable clinical pearls from the personal experience of these well-reputed individuals.

The full spectrum of topics that can be encountered in a pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus practice is masterfully presented in this text. Recent advances in the diagnosis and management of pediatric eye conditions resulting from studies in the fields of genetics, biology, and clinical science since its last edition in 2004 are highlighted in this edition. The clinician and trainee will also appreciate the 34 chapters solely dedicated to guiding the clinician through the diagnostic thought process of every conceivable complaint that may present to a pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus clinic. This text is as well written as it is informative and includes countless high-quality photographs, summary tables, and procedural flowcharts to fully engage the reader and reinforce the descriptive content.

In this day and age where information is largely sought and delivered via search engines and where libraries are becoming entirely virtual, this classic text has evolved to satisfy the needs of this generation. This fourth edition offers a new online resource that allows the contents of the book to be easily accessed on any portable electronic device. It also provides the reader with supplemental material, including surgical and eye movement videos, additional references for further reading, and a novel e-mail notification system designed to contact readers when the contents of the text are updated. As the editors state in their preface, “A traditional textbook this edition is not.”

Pediatric eye care providers and trainees will not be disappointed in this new fourth edition of this classic text.

Vivian M. W. Wong

Seattle, Washington

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