Headache, ed. 2

Headache, ed. 2

BOOK REVIEWS Edited by H. Stanley Thompson, M.D. Computed Tomography of the Temporal Bone and Orbit. By Frans W. Zonneveld. Baltimore, Urban & Schwar...

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BOOK REVIEWS Edited by H. Stanley Thompson, M.D.

Computed Tomography of the Temporal Bone and Orbit. By Frans W. Zonneveld. Baltimore, Urban & Schwarzenberg, 1987. 205 pages, index, illustrated. $110

Headache, ed. 2. By Neil Hugh Raskin. New York, Churchill Livingstone Inc., 1988. 396 pages, index, illustrated. $49

Reviewed by JEFFREY A. NERAD

Iowa City, Iowa


The first edition of this book was published in 1980 and it has become the best single vol­ ume available on headaches. Now Dr. Raskin has done a major revision and update of his book. Of the 11 chapters, four are of special interest to ophthalmologists. The chapter on the clinical aspects of migraine includes details on the visual prodrome of migraine, on ophthalmoplegic migraine, on "ice pick" pains, and on late life migrainous accompaniments. Chapters of special ophthalmic interest focus on cluster headache, on giant cell arteritis, and on facial pain. Dr. Raskin's book is abundantly referenced. In the chapter on migraine treat­ ment alone there are 420 references of which 30% are from 1984 or later. This is a superb, readable, and clinically useful source book on the subject of headache. It is the most authori­ tative, and the most affordable source of de­ tailed information obtainable on this common problem. I strongly recommend it to the prac­ ticing ophthalmologist and to anyone who reg­ ularly sees patients with headache.

Iowa City, Iowa Dr. Zonneveld has combined the knowledge of various authorities in the fields of radiology, anatomy, otorhinolaryngology, ophthalmolo­ gy, and plastic surgery to correlate diagnostic images with clinical pathology. The emphasis of this book is on high-resolution computed tomography. Three chapters cover the technical aspects of computed tomography and cryosectioning. Principles of computed tomography, the evolu­ tion of scanners, and their capacities in diag­ nostic imaging are discussed. Two chapters are devoted to the diagnostic imaging of the tem­ poral bone and its clinical applications. These chapters are of limited interest to the ophthal­ mologist. The rest of the book is devoted to computed tomography imaging of the orbit. Patient positioning and scanning planes are discussed in detail. The correlative anatomy is superb. A nomenclature table that serves as a guide for the correlative computed tomography image and cryosectioned anatomy is located at the end of the book. The author has done a great deal. He has made frozen cadaver head slices at the same plane as the computed tomographic sections. These slices of tissue have been photographed and arranged beside the computed tomograph­ ic image so that comparisons can be made. This technique, euphemistically called "cryosection of correlative anatomy," is a useful way to learn how to make sense out of computed tomography images. This book is not a clini­ cian's guide to the diagnosis of orbital diseases, but is a good anatomic monograph. It is recom­ mended as a reference work for the clinician with an interest in computed tomography im­ aging.

Books Received Cataracts. Transactions of the New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology. Edited by Delmar R. Caldwell. New York, Raven Press, 1988. 379 pages, index, illustrated. $110 This volume is a record of the 36th annual session of the New Orleans Academy of Oph­ thalmology, held in February 1987.