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'carry to work' or 'revision text'
on 26 August 2011
I was certainly expecting quite a bit from this text, perhaps too much?
On the positive side, its laid out very well, with each topic spread over one or two pages, which would make it suited for exam revision. It's also a great size, being small enough to carry to work as a reference text. The book follows the RCOphth curriculum, so compared to the traditional textbooks, its nice to see something aimed directly at UK based trainees. I've found some of the chapter introductions useful as it gives a good précis of the topic and I thought that most of the text is clear, concise and easy to read.
On the negatives, unfortunately, I have to agree with other reviewers. I've found several mistakes in the text that would be confusing for junior trainees. The pictures are small, being only 1/8th of a single page, which makes seeing the details difficult, and some pictures fall short of demonstrating the necessary clinical finding.
I think the authors know that trainees will not be able to use this as their sole ophthalmology text. Having said that it I feel it complements the currently available texts, and certainly has its own place as a 'carry to work' or 'revision text'
I'm sure they'll be looking to make further improvements for future editions, but as it stands..... 5 stars for effort..... 3 for execution.