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Eds WE Alberti, G Richard, RH Sagerman. Pp 150; £51.50. Berlin: Springer, 2000. ISBN 3-540-66643-5.
This book is one in a large series of medical radiology textbooks concentrating on diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology. There are 71 authors in all, the majority of whom work either in the eastern United States or Germany, and the book contains 24 chapters.
The text is aimed at specialists in radiotherapy rather than ophthalmology. The majority of the chapters are concerned with radiotherapy of age related macular degeneration (ARMD) with contributions from experts in this field. Some of the chapters contain results of controlled studies and are of good value, whereas others have less scientific merit in that they are long term follow up studies without controls. For ophthalmologists wishing to look into the subject of radiotherapy for ARMD this would be a good source of material and is well referenced.
There are a few chapters on the clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and surgery of ARMD but there is no real mention of laser treatment. Many of these chapters are of limited scope and do not provide a comprehensive overview of the ophthalmic assessment and management of ARMD.
Although not stated in the book it reads as if it is the proceedings of a clinical meeting. The chapters do not read in a coordinated way and essentially present the results of individual units describing their methods and results of radiotherapy. As such it is a useful source of information for those with an interest in this topic but it is of limited value for ophthalmologists wishing to obtain a balanced view of current treatment of ARMD.