Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol (2017) 255:1685 DOI 10.1007/s00417-016-3339-5 BOOK REVIEW Textbook Gerhard K. Lang: Ophthalmology, 3rd Edition, 384 pages, 600 pictures, published 2015 ISBN: 978-3-13-126163-2 Thieme Company, New York Bernd Kirchhof Received: 2 March 2016 /Accepted: 28 March 2016 /Published online: 6 April 2016 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016 This is a well-established and recognized textbook of the medicine. Spectral domain OCT imaging is of equally major whole ophthalmology for medical students. significance. Detailed knowledge of SD-OCT interpretation is The strength of this book is its many pictures of typical essential for indication of timely treatment and re-treatment with disease manifestations, supplemented by schematic drawings, VEGF blockers. Laser treatment and photodynamic therapy are a Bpicture book^ as the author points out. The combination of listed but no longer merit significant consideration. pictures and drawings greatly helps learning, memorization, Bionics are being introduced into routine treatment now. and understanding of pathogenesis and typical pathologies. Therefore, examples such as the artificial retina (retinal im- Yet current knowledge of the pathogenesis of diabetic retinop- plant) should have been listed for treatment of end-stage reti- athy with an emphasis on inflammatory mechanisms (leuco- nitis pigmentosa. cyte adhesion) is missing. New treatments for corneal diseases (Descemet´s stripping Highlighted mnemonics help to emphasize key messages, endothelial keratoplasty, penetrating keratoplasty) merit more and the list of cardinal symptoms facilitates the structuring of a space. huge body of information. The overall emphasis of the text- Lang’s Ophthalmology is a well-established label amongst book is on disease recognition. medical students in and outside Germany. It is ambitious to The flaws of this textbook are on the side of therapy: attempt to cover all of ophthalmology in 384 pages. But the For example, current progress in the treatment of neovascular claim for systematic coverage with excellent graphical material age-related macular degeneration (nvAMD) is not sufficiently must include recent and significant advances in therapy. The accounted for. After all, science magazines highlighted VEGF hope for the next edition is in the new and younger co-authors. blockers for nvAMD in 2006 as the most important progress in Their input and responsibility merit visibility on the cover page. * Bernd Kirchhof firstname.lastname@example.org Center of Ophthalmology, University of Koeln, Koeln, Germany
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