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Signs in Opthalmology: Causes and Differential Diagnosis
Edited by:  Mr Jack J. Kanski MD, MS, FRCS, FRCOphth

Pages:  440  Hard Cover
ISBN 13:978-0-7234-3548-8
Mosby/ Elsevier 2011
List Price:  $149.00

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MedicalScienceBooks.com Medical Book Review:

     The old saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, sums up the need for and impetus behind the writing of most clinical atlases.  Ophthalmology is certainly one of the medical specialties most dependent on visual observations for diagnosis, therefore a multitude of references have been published.  When choosing among atlas references, the comprehensiveness of conditions that are included and the quality of the photographs and illustrations are at the top of the checklist for most readers.  For ophthalmology atlases, the photograph quality needs to be held to an even higher standard as the amount of light that is reflected off the cornea can alter the appearance of certain findings.
     Addressing the first question of comprehensiveness is most easily done by first mentioning that this text is another product of the renowned ophthalmologist Jack Kanski, who has been involved in the publication of several excellent texts all written to be comprehensive, yet concise guides to the practice of ophthalmology. Anatomical divisions are used for the majority of sections which include those findings most indicative of disease in particular regions of the eye.  In these sections, an illustrative photo is included with a description and/or definition of the sign along with the causes.  Many of the signs also have a focused differential diagnosis in their write up as well.  Another section contains information regarding ocular motility with both patient photos and illustrations describing the tell-tale observations found in patients with neuro-ophthalmic conditions.  Finally, the last section switches perspective in that photos of systemic disease are shown with a list of ophthalmic conditions to look for that typically goes along with the systemic condition.  
     Signs in Ophthalmology: Causes and differential diagnosis stands among the best of the class in terms of picture quality.  Each photograph is focused on the pathology described with little distraction from surrounding structures, and is of appropriate size for easy viewing while allowing for several photos on the same page along with text.  Integrated along with the text that is short and concise for each sign, the reader has an excellent “field guide” that is easily consulted.
     Signs in Ophthalmology: Causes and differential diagnosis is a concise clinical guide that should be readily available to all practicing ophthalmologists and trainees.

Ratings (1-4 , 4 being the highest):

Organization of information:    3.5

Usefulness of book:     4

Suitable for intended audience:    4

Author’s objectives met:      4

Significant number of illustrations:     4

Quality of illustrations:    4


Jack J. Kanski, one of ophthalmology's most respected authors, brings you "Signs in Ophthalmology: Causes and Differential Diagnosis" - a comprehensive compendium designed to help you quickly and accurately interpret a broad spectrum of ocular signs. Over 1,300 clinical images, angiograms, and scans capture the clinical presentation of the full gamut of ophthalmic diseases and disorders, as well as systemic diseases with ocular manifestations, while concise text discussions assist your clinical decision making process. Your purchase includes access to a companion website where you can download all of the book's images for use in lectures and clinical presentations.

Key Features:

  • Over 1,300 clinical images, angiograms, and scans capture the clinical presentation of the full gamut of ocular diseases and disorders.
  • Concise text, with color-coded key information, guides you efficiently through each condition's causes, presentation, clinical signs, investigations, and other associated ocular and systemic conditions.
  • An entire chapter addresses the differential diagnosis of systemic diseases with ocular manifestations.
  • A multitude of bulleted lists and tables summarize important facts.
  • A companion website lets you access a library of downloadable images for use in lectures and clinical presentations.

Table of Contents:


1.  Eyelids
2.  Orbit
3.  Conjunctiva
4.  Episclera and sclera
5.  Cornea
6.  Anterior chamber
7.  Intraocular pressure and angle
8.  Iris
9.  Pupils
10.  Lens
11.  Vitreous
12.  Optic nerve head
13.  Fundus
14.  Ocular motility
15.  Systemic signs



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