Medical textbooks are of several types and purposes. Some are encyclopedias of a particular subject, and such books are excellent sources of reference. At the other end of the spectrum is the so-called introductory text, which frequently is so abbreviated that the physician is led only halfway toward an appropriate diagnosis. Between these two extremes, a gap exists in neuro-ophthalmic literature. What is required is a clinically useful textbook for the practicing as well as the resident ophthalmologist, and I have striven to fill that need in this book.
My focus has been on the practical application of well-accepted diagnostic techniques and the interpretation of clinically relevant information needed to form sound differential diagnoses. Since this textbook is intended for use in a clinical situation, I have assumed that the reader is familiar with the discipline of ophthalmology.
By Thomas J. Walsh, MD
Copyright © 1998