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February 1999

Photostasis and Related Phenomena

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edited by Theodore P. Williams and Anne B. Thistle, 225 pp, with illus, $89.50, ISBN 0-306-45806-3, New York, NY, Plenum Publishing Co, 1998.


Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999

Arch Ophthalmol. 1999;117(2):289. doi:

The human retina renews its nearly l08photoreceptor cell outer segments approximately every 10 days. No other postmitotic cell demonstrates such proclivity for rejuvenation, and at such considerable expense to the host. The plausible justifications of this activity are considered within the chapters of this book, written by attendees of the Proceedings of the Neuroscience Program Symposium on Photostasis and Related Topics, conducted February 21-23, 1997, in Tallahassee, Fla.