Book review

Media Type: Atlas and Textbook (Hard Cover)

Synopsis: Jerry and Carol Shields update their previous 3-volume series on ocular oncology with a textbook and atlas that has been consolidated into two volumes for a total of 66 chapters. Revisions come primarily in the form of expanded text and additional photographs including newer imaging modalities. The books cover tumors, both benign and malignant, and common and exceedingly rare. Chapters typically begin with an overview of the entity followed by tumor photographs, each with a caption, as well as diagnostic testing, histopathology, and some surgical photographs. Interspersed throughout are many invaluable clinical pearls.

Target Audience: These books would appeal to residents and ophthalmologists interested in ophthalmic oncology.

Review: Almost a decade after the release of their 3-volume series on ocular oncology, Jerry and Carol Shields provide us with an updated textbook and atlas that has been consolidated into two volumes: Intraocular Tumors and Eyelid, Conjunctival, and Orbital Tumors .

Intraocular Tumors is divided into 3 parts: Uveal Tumors, Retinal and Optic Disc Tumors, and Miscellaneous Tumors for a total of 25 chapters. Each chapter begins with a brief, usually one page description of the entity including clinical features and management. Most chapters consist of pictures of cases, each with short a caption. Also shown are pictures of ancillary testing such as fundus angiography, ultrasonography, and other imaging modalities as well as histopathology and photographs of associated conditions such as colon polyps in familial adenomatous polyposis or osteomas in Gardner syndrome.

Covered are the spectrum of intraocular tumors, both benign and malignant, as well as common to rare. Interspersed throughout are pictures of tumors, pre- and post-treatment, and the final chapter of the book illustrates several procedures specific to treatment of intraocular tumors. The pictures in this book are of high quality, and in most cases, multiple examples of any given entity are shown. The associated text generally provides the reader with a satisfactory overview. There is significant duplication of pictures and some text from a previous book, Atlas of Intraocular Tumors , by the same authors. Updates to the previous book are mainly in the form of new pictures for certain entities, the addition of modern imaging modalities such as OCT and wide-angle imaging, and then expansion of the text which was quite limited in the older Atlas of Intraocular Tumors . For those who already own the older Atlas of Intraocular Tumors , obtaining the newer book may not be worthwhile.

Eyelid, Conjunctival, and Orbital Tumors is similarly organized, ie, divided into 3 parts addressing eyelid tumors, conjunctival tumors, and then orbital tumors for a total of 41 chapters. Each chapter typically begins with a page of text providing an overview of the clinical features, and management of each entity. The text has been expanded from the previously published Atlas of Eyelid and Conjunctival Tumors and Atlas of Orbital Tumors , but still remains somewhat limited in scope. This book takes a multi-faceted approach to each condition showing clinical photographs, diagnostic imaging where appropriate, as well as histopathology. The photographs are of high quality with descriptive captions. Often, intra-operative photographs or illustrations are included highlighting the surgical approach as is the case with the “no touch” method of removing conjunctival tumors. Invaluable are the clinical pearls presented in the book, such as the indications for surgery in primary acquired melanosis or the Valsalva maneuver used to demonstrate orbital varices.

Both Intraocular Tumors and Eyelid, Conjunctival, and Orbital Tumors represent a contribution to the ophthalmic literature due to the incredible collection of tumors shown in these volumes. These books would be well-suited for residents and ophthalmologists interested in ophthalmic oncology, and the included references in each chapter offer a good starting point for those seeking additional knowledge.

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Jan 17, 2017 | Posted by in OPHTHALMOLOGY | Comments Off on Book review

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