Atlas of Fluorescence Fundus Angiography, by Shinichi Shikano and Koichi Shimizu, 201 pp, 247 illus, $28, Canada $30.25, Philadelphia and Toronto: W. B. Saunders Co., 1968.
These two volumes make an interesting contrast. The Seitz book, an amplification of an earlier volume (The Retinal Vessels: Comparative Ophthalmoscopic and Histologic Studies on Healthy and Diseased Eyes, 1964), deals with disease of the retinal vessels, in the classical way that has been so effective over the last hundred years. The correlation between ophthalmoscopic picture and histopathological section, the foundation of the classical approach, is given with good pictorial documentation. The chief failing of this method is that, although dynamic disease processes can be observed with the ophthalmoscope, the histopathological specimen represents only a single instant in time, and disease dynamics must be inferred by extrapolation.
For this reason much attention is being given now to nondestructive physiological methods which allow us to