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Fundus fluorescein angiography.
  1. PARWEZ HOSSAIN

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    Fundus fluorescein angiography. By Amresh Chopdar. Pp 148. £72.50. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann, 1996. ISBN 0-7506-1885-X.

    This relatively short book gives an introduction to fluorescein angiography. The first few chapters outline the relevant basic sciences and the reader will learn the history of fluorescein angiography, as well as discover that the melting point of sodium fluorescein is 315°C! A chapter entitled “Techniques and pitfalls” provides useful information for those who are planning to do the photography themselves.

    Two chapters concentrate on the appearances of normal angiograms and how to interpret abnormal features. The bulk of the book gives a fairly standard step by step account of different retinal and choroidal diseases. There are separate chapters for age related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Throughout, the author provides high quality images to demonstrate different pathologies. The author, however, frequently digresses from describing retinal and choroidal pathology to give details on their clinical management. The last chapter very briefly, covers the advancing field of digital retinal imaging which, unfortunately, is already looking dated.

    Every chapter ends with a helpful list of references and there are appendices which list the resuscitation equipment and drugs required to perform fluorescein angiography. However, the final appendix on the classification of laser burns seems rather superfluous.

    Overall, this book gives a good introduction of fluorescein angiography, it will be useful to candidates who intend to sit postgraduate examinations as well as to those who wish to refresh their knowledge on this subject. The quality of the angiograms will both impress the reader as well as incite some envy.

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