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Ophthalmology, 4th ed.

Walker-Brandreth, Karen

Optometry and Vision Science: July 2014 - Volume 91 - Issue 7 - p e193
doi: 10.1097/OPX.0000000000000330
Book Review

Berkeley, California



It was with great anticipation that I awaited the arrival of the latest edition of the iconic text Ophthalmology by Yanoff and Duker. Upon arrival, the words that escaped my mouth were, “Oh, my goodness, what a beautiful book!” My next thoughts were that surely this must be the “Cadillac,” no, on second thought, this really is the “Rolls Royce” of ophthalmic textbooks.

The first edition, published in 1999, quickly became a respected reference source on ophthalmic disorders. This latest version, the fourth edition, has been completely revised. The goal was to make Ophthalmology a complete single textbook offered in an easily readable and accessible format. Contributors read like a “who’s who” in ophthalmology. Out-of-date material has been discarded and new items were added. By combining basic visual science with evidence-based medicine, clinically relevant information is presented to reflect the way diseases are diagnosed and treated. Although the hardcover is visually stunning, it is also large and heavy. Don’t dismay, the full text, along with extensive references and video clips, is accessible online. The text is available in hardcover, Kindle, or iPad format.

Color-coded for quick and easy reference, Ophthalmology is organized into 12 basic parts. Each part is then subdivided into short concise sections. Topics are introduced with descriptions of key features followed by epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, differential diagnosis, associated systemic diseases, and treatment options. Accompanying drawings, figures, tables, and illustrations are visually clear, enlightening, and easily understood. Ocular photographs, for the most part, were appropriate, but the addition of identifying arrows would have been helpful in many cases.

Descriptions and explanations were clear and concise and provide practical guidance to nearly every ophthalmic condition one might encounter. Practitioners will find discussions of the newest drug therapies and treatment options especially beneficial.

This is a comprehensive up-to-date text. It will appeal to anyone interested in acquiring a better understanding of the mechanism of ocular disease, its clinical presentation, diagnostic testing, and management. There is little to criticize and much to praise in this latest tome that will only further enhance the legacy of Yanoff and Duker’s Ophthalmology.

Karen Walker-Brandreth

Berkeley, California

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