This text is the first of a planned two-volume series. It deals with the diagnostic evolution of hereditary retinal and choroidal disorders.
Initially, basic genetic principles are reviewed as well as the latest terminology necessary for the understanding of the various inheritance patterns. The author has described the several mechanisms of genetic variation at the chromosome level and the background needed for the classification of these conditions. Finally, the more commonly seen specific chromosomal abnormality syndromes affecting the ocular structures are covered. This chapter is an excellent brief review for anyone seriously interested in this field.
Desmond B. Archer has a section on fluorescein angiography. The concise and practical presentation benefits the beginner in understanding this technique. The carefully selected photographs serve beautifully to depict the various fluorescein changes seen in numerous diseases, and they cover a wide spectrum. Some of the disorders described are not necessarily hereditary in nature,