CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN FETAL AND NEONATAL MEDICINE VOLUME 2: RETINOPATHY OF PREMATURITY William A. Silverman and John T Flynn (eds) Blackwell Scientific Publications. 1985, 303 pages
Retinopathy of prematurity has become an increasingly common problem in low birth weight survivors of neonatal intensive care. As a result, interest in this disease, its etiology, and its treatment has undergone a parallel resurgence. This multi-author text, edited by two of the leaders in research and treatment of the problem, is a welcome addition to the libraries of pediatricians, obstetricians, ophthalmologists, and lawyers.
The text consists of 12 chapters written by experts in various aspects of pathology, diagnosis, and treatment. The chapters are up-to-date and describe the current state of our knowledge (as well as our lack of it) concerning retinopathy of prematurity. I found several chapters of special interest although other readers will no doubt find their own favorites. I was interested in Drs. Silverman and Flynn's overall perspective of the history of treatment of retinopathy; Dr. Alec Garner's chapter on pathology; Dr. Dale Phelps' chapter on vitamin E treatment; and Dr. Stuart Teplins chapter on development of visually impaired children.
In general, this book is written and produced to a high standard, and is recommended reading for those involved in the medical or legal issues raised in caring for children who have developed or who may develop retinopathy of prematurity.