The need for a comprehensive text that covers the broad topic of the effect of systemic diseases upon the eye is quite evident for both ophthalmologists and practitioners in general medical fields.
The editors have coordinated the efforts of 320 contributors from an extremely broad range of areas. An extensive number of contributors from the ophthalmic academic community is complemented by an impressive representation from specialists in dermatology, genetics, neurology, immunology, oncology, hematology, toxicology, and infectious disease. Surgical contributions from the fields of neurosurgery, plastic surgery, and obstetrics/gynecology have also been included. Additionally, specialists from the fields of public health, pathology, nutrition, and cell biology have contributed to the 230 chapters. The editors mention in the preface their intention of offering an overview of the individual diseases represented, thus creating a concise reference text for both the primary care provider and the specialist. The book is organized according to clinical