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John Harry, Gary Misson. Pp 376; £125. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2001 ISBN 0 7506 2171 0.
This is an excellent, easy to read, well illustrated book. It is one of the first of its kind to bring pathology alive by describing diseases via pathogenesis as opposed to anatomy. For the trainee in ophthalmology, optometry, and visual science it, therefore, provides a more logical approach to the understanding of ocular diseases. As the book attempts to cover many subjects it sometimes does not do justice to the basic science. It would have been better to have had the reading lists at the end of each chapter. However, as it stands the book is an excellent introduction to pathology complementing clinical textbooks. If read together with clinical texts it certainly will broaden the knowledge base of all trainee ophthalmologists. As a result of its logical and simple approach I was left frustrated at times with the lack of background knowledge. However, going through pathologically based chapters including injury and repair, immunity, genetics, growth, degeneration, vascular disorders, and disorders of the nerve and muscle, I was left entertained, as a clinician, with a greater understanding of pathological processes.
The final chapter for the clinician in the laboratory I felt could have been expanded, delivering more detail, particularly, on the current molecular methods used in pathological practice today.