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December 11, 1987

Visual Neuroscience

Author Affiliations

Pennsylvania Hospital Philadelphia

Pennsylvania Hospital Philadelphia

JAMA. 1987;258(22):3317-3318. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400220117054

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This volume is a multiauthored compendium of reports presented at a 1983 meeting honoring Dr Peter Bishop of Australia. Dr Bishop spent his life doing research that concentrated primarily on the visual neurosciences.

The book is divided into sections on the retina, the geniculate body, the visual cortex, and association areas. An editorial introduction gives a concise overview of each section. The first five sections reviewed in such a manner are of value, since the reports that follow are often highly technical and worded in a manner primarily understood by those intimately knowledgeable in this complex field of visual physiology. Sections I and II on the retina and retinogeniculate pathways are hard-core, basic science reports by nonclinical investigators. Most of these reports would be more appropriate for a research journal. Although the titles are attractive, suggesting a possible advance in our knowledge, I found many technical data that were not