Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Ophthalmic and medical photography

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Preface to the seventh edition

The purpose of the seventh edition of Clinical Ophthalmology, as in previous editions, is to present the basics of clinical ophthalmic practice in a systematic and succinct manner, to be used as a springboard to more in-depth study of individual topics. We have tried to be comprehensive in the inclusion of key advances, with considerable updating and revision of the text. The majority of the illustrations in this edition are new, and provide a more effective and vivid representation of many conditions. In response to trainees’ requests the present edition also places a greater emphasis on practical management, taking into account numerous published guidelines and other authoritative sources. The book is intended principally for the trainee and practising ophthalmologist, but previous editions have also been widely utilized by other eye care professionals, particularly optometrists.
Recent editions have benefited immeasurably from chapter reviews by experts in the relevant field, but this edition is the first in which a co-author has joined Jack Kanski in taking overall responsibility for the book. Brad Bowling has extensive experience in the teaching and training of ophthalmologists, and has brought an invaluable fresh perspective and energy to the text which we trust is conveyed in the pages.

We are extremely grateful for input and expert advice received from numerous colleagues, in particular Andy Pearson for a meticulous review of the sections on adnexal disease and Ken Nischal for detailed suggestions on paediatric topics. We also very much appreciate Irina Gout's contribution of her medical photographic expertise, without which many of the images in the book would not have been possible. The benevolence of other colleagues and ophthalmic photography departments, particularly Steven Farley, Tim Cole and Lorraine Rimmer at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, in kindly allowing the use of photographs from their collections is gratefully received, and each is acknowledged in individual legends. Finally, we would like to acknowledge the support and commitment of the staff at Elsevier Science, especially Russell Gabbedy.

The authors are acutely conscious of the privilege of involvement in contemporary ophthalmological education. We have attempted to imbue the book – and infect the reader – with our enthusiasm for the specialty.