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    Visual Fields. By Neil Choplin, Russel Edwards. Pp 255. £26.95. Thorofare, NJ: Slack, 1998. ISBN1-55642-363-2

    This book is largely aimed at visual field technicians with the intention of providing them with the knowledge and skill required to produce visual field examinations of good quality.

    Although several techniques and machines are discussed, emphasis is mainly on the use of the Humphrey visual field analyser. The authors introduce the reader to a brief description of the anatomy of the visual system with illustrations of basic defects patterns, then proceed to explain, in great detail, how to organise a visual field clinic and also give clear guidelines on how to administer the test. The instructions are full and comprehensive, including data storage and retrieval, setting up the machine, selecting corrective lenses, patient information, and a 15 point checklist for technicians.

    The next section deals with errors in visual field testing and how to avoid them. It covers maintenance of automated and Goldmann perimeters, stimulus selection, monitoring of false positive responses, and others.

    The last section is an “Atlas of common visual fields defects” covering glaucoma, retinal and neurological disease.

    As an instructional book on how to use the Humphrey visual field analyser, it should be welcomed by technicians with limited experience in automated perimetry. However, regrettably, the Swedish Interactive Thresholding Algorithm (SITA) is not mentioned.

    The latest issue of Community Eye Health (no 30) discusses external infections of the eye. Included are papers on conjunctivitis, corneal ulcer, and transmission and control of infection. For further information please contact Community Eye Health, International Centre for Eye Health, Institute of Ophthalmology, 11–43 Bath Street, London EC1V 9EL. (Tel: (+44) 171 608 6909/6910/6923; fax: (+44) 171 250 3207; email: eyeresource{at} Annual subscription £25. Free to workers in developing countries.

    Any resident interested in spending a period of up to one month in departments of ophthalmology in the Netherlands, Finland, Ireland, Germany, Denmark, France, Austria, or Portugal should apply to: Mr Robert Acheson, Secretary of the Foreign Exchange Committee, European Board of Ophthalmology, Institute of Ophthalmology, University College Dublin, 60 Eccles Street, Dublin 7, Ireland.

    The 2000 Jules François Prize of $100 000 for scientific research in ophthalmology will be awarded to a young scientist who has made an important contribution to ophthalmology. All topics in the field of fundamental and/or clinical research in ophthalmology will be considered. The application should be sent jointly with a curriculum vitae, the list of all publications, and three copies of the candidate's 10 most relevant publications to Jules François Foundation Secretary, Professor Dr M Hanssens, Dienst Oogheelkunde, de Pintelaan 185, B-9000 Gent, Belgium. Deadline for applications 31 December 1999.

    The Joachim Kuhlmann AIDS Foundation, Essen, Germany, is sponsoring two fellowships per year for ophthalmologists at a well known institute, who want to train in CMV retinitis and other HIV related ophthalmological diseases. The fellowships are valued at $US5000 each. deadlines for applications are 31 January and 31 July. Detailed applications, including CV and publication list, should be sent to the Joachim Kuhlmann AIDS Foundation, Bismarckstrasse 55, 45128 Essen, Germany (tel: 0201 87910-87; fax: 0201 87910-99; email:jk-stiftung{at}

    The 16th Congress of the ISGEO will be held at the Insitut D'Ophthalmologie Tropicale De L'Afrique (IOTA) in Bamako, Mali on 21–22 February 2000. Further details: Dr Paul Courtright, ISGEO Secretary, BC Centre for Epidemiologic & International Ophthalmology, University of British Columbia, St Paul's Hospital, 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6, Canada (email:pcourtright{at}; website: www.interchange.\bceio\isgeo\).

    The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine will hold the 44th annual convention in San Francisco, California on 2–5 April 2000. Further details: AIUM Professional Development Department, 14750 Sweitzer Lane, Suite 100, Laurel, MD 20707-5906 (tel: 800-638-5353; fax: 301-498-4100; email: conv_edu{at}; website:www.aium. org).

    The XXII Tuebingen Detachment Course, retinal and vitreous surgery, will be held in the congress centre Incheba, Bratislava, Slovak Republic 6–7 April 2000 preceding the congress on retinal detachment of the Slovak Ophthalmological Society 8–9 April 2000. Further details: Professor Peter Strmen 81369 Bratislava, Miczkiewiczova 13 (tel/fax: 00421-7-52964641; email:strmen{at}

    The combined meeting of the VIth Mediterranean Ophthalmological Society and the VIth Michaelson Symposium on Ocular Circulation and Neovascularisation will be held in Jerusalem on 21–26 May 2000. Further details: Secretariat, c/o Unitours Israel Ltd, PO Box 3190, 61031 Tel Aviv, Israel (tel: +972-3-5209999; fax: +972-3-5239099; email: meetings{at}

    The VIth Michaelson medal and award will be delivered on 24 May 2000 in Jerusalem. The medal and award ($15 000 monetary prize) are sponsored by the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities and by the Hadassah Hebrew University Hospital and Medical School of Jerusalem, Israel. Nominations are sought from the ophthalmic community at large. Suggestions and reasons for choice and CV highlights should be sent to Professor David BenEzra, Secretary for the International Nominating Committee, Pediatric Ophthalmology Unit, Hadassah Hebrew University Hospital, PO Box 12000, Jerusalem 91120, Israel.

    The 5th International Vitreoretinal Meeting–IIV 2000 will be held in Parma, Italy, on 26–27 May 2000. The main topics will include “Hypotony and glaucoma in vitreoretinal surgery”, “Internal limiting membrane surgery”, “Macula oedema”, “Open globe injuries”, and “News in retinal pigment epithelium”. Further details: C Cantu, MA De Giovanni, or S Tedesco, Scientific Secretariat, Institute of Ophthalmology, University of Parma, Via Gramsci 14, 43100 Parma, Italy (tel: ++39 0521 259106; fax: ++39 0521 292358; email: nuzzi{at}

    The XXXIV Nordic Congress of Ophthalmology will be held in Reykjavik, Iceland, 18–21 June 2000. This meeting celebrates the 100 year anniversary of the Nordic Ophthalmology Conference. Further details: Iceland Incentives Inc, Hamraborg 1–3, Is-Kopavogur, Iceland (tel: +354 554 1400; fax: +354 554 1472; email:incentiv{at}

    The 13th annual meeting of German Ophthalmic Surgeons will be held on 15–18 June 2000 at the Meistersingerhalle, Nuremberg, Germany. Further details: MCN Medizinische Congress-organisation Nuremberg AG, Zerzabelshofstrasse 29, D-90478 Nuremberg, Germany (tel: +49-911-3931621; fax +49-911-3931620; email:doerflinger{at}

    The International Forum on Diabetic Retinopathy will take place on 7–9 September 2000 at the Palazzo Reale, Naples, Italy. Further details: Francesco Bandello, Congress Secretariat, MGR Congressi, Via Servio Tullio, 4, 20123 Milano, Italy (tel: 39 02 430071; fax: 39 02 48008471; email: dr2000{at}

    The 12th Afro-Asian Congress of Ophthalmology (Official Congress for the Afro-Asian Council of Ophthalmology) will be held on 11–15 November 2000 in Guangzhou (Canton), China. The theme is “Advances of ophthalmology and the 21st century). Further details: Professor Lezheng Wu, Zhongshan Eye Center, SUMS, New Building, Room 919, 54 Xianlie Nan Road, Guangzhou 510060, PR China (tel: +86-20-8760 2402; fax: +86-20-8777 3370; email; lwuicv{at}

    The Singapore National Eye Centre 10th Anniversary International Congress will be held in conjunction with 3rd World Eye Surgeons Society International Meeting on 2–4 December 2000 at the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore. Further details: The Organising Secretariat, 11 Third Hospital Avenue, Singapore 168751 (tel: (65) 2277255; fax: (65) 2277290; internet:

    The Hong Kong Ophthalmological Symposium 99 will be held 4–5 December 2000, in Hong Kong, China. Further information: Miss Vicki Wong, Room 802, 8/F Hong Kong Academy of Medicine, 99 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong (tel: (852) 2761 9128; fax: (852) 2715 0089; email: cohk{at}