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December 1, 1951

Chronology of Ophthalmic Development: An Outline Summary of the Anatomical and Functional Development of the Visual Mechanism Before and After Birth

JAMA. 1951;147(14):1397. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670310087044

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This small paper-covered booklet is issued as publication no. 99 of the American Lecture Series, with Dr. Donald J. Lyle serving as editor for the ophthalmology division. The text is limited to a few pages of introduction and a listing of the functional development of vision and binocularity from the third fetal month to the ninth year of life. The major contribution of this publication lies in the three large tables showing the development of various portions of the eye and orbit during prenatal and postnatal life, making possible a correlation between the development of the various parts at any given period.

The author does not claim to have added much that is new, but he has succeeded in placing this embryological and developmental material in a conveniently accessible form. To one with some knowledge of ocular embryology, it is a publication of value for reference and review.

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