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October 7, 1950

Visual Development. Volume I

JAMA. 1950;144(6):505. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920060067030

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This treatise on vision, listed as volume I, is a scholarly presentation of the subject considered largely from a morphologic point of view. Volume II is proposed for publication at a later date for the presentation of theories and proofs. The present volume is of interest to any reader with a broad interest in the anatomic and developmental features of the organ of vision throughout the animal kingdom. The entire book is well written, presented in an interesting manner and contains much in the way of little known factual material.

Part I is devoted to the mechanism of the visual act in animals and in man, with special chapters on photoreception. perception, retinal structures, photochemical aspects and retinal stimulation quanta. Part II is concerned with the evolutionary aspects, with discussion of invertebrate and vertebrate eyes and special emphasis on nocturnality and diurnality, especially in relation to pupillary function. The tapetum

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