Rather than an ophthalmic text, this book is volume 3 in a series, Major Problems in Internal Medicine. Its purpose is to serve as an introduction to the relationship of the eye to vascular and systemic disease. Those who have read David Cogan's two books on neurology of the visual system will be familiar with the format of this volume. The early chapters include an introduction to the physical examination of the eye and incorporate discussions on signs and symptoms, significance of fundus signs, visual field abnormalities, and fundus signs of systemic vascular disease. Later chapters consider specific vascular entities, such as occlusive arterial disease, occlusive venous disease, vasculitis, and finally, neuro-ophthalmic complications of intracranial vascular disease. Of course, each chapter, as in Cogan's previous books, includes a summary.
Although modestly referred to as an introductory treatise, this book covers a plethora of ocular conditions. To cover so much in