An indispensable ophthalmological volume for any general practitioner’s office.


Practical Ophthalmology


Hung (Silk Road on My Mind, 2015, etc.) offers an ophthalmology guide intended for use by nonspecialist medical practitioners.

Since his retirement, the author has volunteered in developing parts of the world, such as Samoa, where ophthalmologists and other medical specialists are in short supply. His new book is a concise reference manual that’s meant to guide general practitioners through the basics of eye care. He details the necessary equipment (such as a hand flashlight and a Snellen visual acuity chart), tells how to give eye exams, gives an overview of eye anatomy with diagrams and a glossary, and shows how to identify and potentially treat various ailments, including cataracts, glaucoma, and conjunctivitis. Hung makes specific recommendations of antibacterial and other helpful solutions, as well as their estimated cost in developing nations (“A bottle of drops or a tube of ointment of 10% sulfacetamide costs less than a dollar...and is freely available without prescription”). The book also includes numerous, important black-and-white photos and diagrams, including visual acuity charts approved by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, although the author does ask users to refer to color versions online whenever possible. The language throughout Hung’s guide is clear, as in these directions to follow during an eye exam: “Rest your hand on the patient’s forehead and use your thumb to hold his or her lid open.” But the faster that practitioners memorize eye-anatomy terms, the faster they will absorb the book’s contents; for example, the fundus—or the rear of the eye, visible through an ophthalmoscope—is mentioned quickly on Page 2, prior to a diagram of the eye’s complete biology on Page 27. The glossary is perfectly concise, and whenever the text discusses illnesses in detail, the names of the ailments are bolded. Hung acknowledges that ophthalmology is an expanding field because more people are living longer; he also importantly notes that if children in developing nations allow problems such as strabismus—which points an eye inward or outward from the nose—to go untreated, they may grow up unable to marry or work. More specialists should create guides of this caliber for nonspecialists.

An indispensable ophthalmological volume for any general practitioner’s office.

Pub Date: Nov. 2, 2016


Page Count: 166

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Sept. 27, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2016

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Doyle offers another lucid, inspiring chronicle of female empowerment and the rewards of self-awareness and renewal.

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More life reflections from the bestselling author on themes of societal captivity and the catharsis of personal freedom.

In her third book, Doyle (Love Warrior, 2016, etc.) begins with a life-changing event. “Four years ago,” she writes, “married to the father of my three children, I fell in love with a woman.” That woman, Abby Wambach, would become her wife. Emblematically arranged into three sections—“Caged,” “Keys,” “Freedom”—the narrative offers, among other elements, vignettes about the soulful author’s girlhood, when she was bulimic and felt like a zoo animal, a “caged girl made for wide-open skies.” She followed the path that seemed right and appropriate based on her Catholic upbringing and adolescent conditioning. After a downward spiral into “drinking, drugging, and purging,” Doyle found sobriety and the authentic self she’d been suppressing. Still, there was trouble: Straining an already troubled marriage was her husband’s infidelity, which eventually led to life-altering choices and the discovery of a love she’d never experienced before. Throughout the book, Doyle remains open and candid, whether she’s admitting to rigging a high school homecoming court election or denouncing the doting perfectionism of “cream cheese parenting,” which is about “giving your children the best of everything.” The author’s fears and concerns are often mirrored by real-world issues: gender roles and bias, white privilege, racism, and religion-fueled homophobia and hypocrisy. Some stories merely skim the surface of larger issues, but Doyle revisits them in later sections and digs deeper, using friends and familial references to personify their impact on her life, both past and present. Shorter pieces, some only a page in length, manage to effectively translate an emotional gut punch, as when Doyle’s therapist called her blooming extramarital lesbian love a “dangerous distraction.” Ultimately, the narrative is an in-depth look at a courageous woman eager to share the wealth of her experiences by embracing vulnerability and reclaiming her inner strength and resiliency.

Doyle offers another lucid, inspiring chronicle of female empowerment and the rewards of self-awareness and renewal.

Pub Date: March 10, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-9848-0125-8

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Dial

Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2020

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This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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