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Glaucoma: a colour manual of diagnosis and treatment.
  1. P T KHAW

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    Glaucoma: a colour manual of diagnosis and treatment. 2nd ed. By JJ Kanski, JA McAllister, JF Salmon. Pp 176. £55. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann, 1996. ISBN 0 7506 1820 5.

    This book is the second edition of one of a series of colour manuals in ophthalmology, several of which have been written by Jack Kanski. As the preface states, this book is intended for trainee and general ophthalmologists and also for optometrists and other ophthalmic practitioners, and is intended to provide a systemic, detailed, and practical approach to the various forms of glaucoma. This is a medium sized book with 25 chapters covering most aspects of glaucoma including basic physiology, examination techniques, different types of glaucoma, and various treatments.

    This book is written in the clear, didactic style, which combined with the many colour photographs and Terry Tarrant’s illustrations, has made Jack Kanski’s original book Clinical Ophthalmologythe standard text for trainee ophthalmologists in the UK and many other countries. This book has also benefited from the contributions of the two co-authors James McAllister and John Salmon who have extensive clinical experience in glaucoma.

    Inevitably, for many readers who have used the glaucoma chapter in clinical ophthalmology, there will be many familiar passages. However, this book also contains many new illustrations and there is generally more detail on every subject covered. There are also new, albeit brief, sections covering important growth areas such as new techniques in the early diagnosis of glaucoma. This book also contains practical details of diagnostic (for example, gonioscopy), laser, and surgical procedures including the management of complications of these procedures.

    Inevitably, a book like this cannot be comprehensive, particularly in a field such as glaucoma which is moving so rapidly. For instance, the next edition would benefit from a section on contemporary methods of high resolution disc imaging and some mention of the recently described gene loci associated with various types of glaucoma.

    In conclusion, this is an excellent primer book in glaucoma that is well illustrated and easy to read with many useful practical tips, particularly for the trainee ophthalmologist. It will hopefully interest and stimulate the reader to move on to more detailed textbooks on this fascinating group of disorders.