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The custom of the French Ophthalmological Society to publish an extensive report on a specific phase of ophthalmology, submitted by one or more of its members, has resulted in a series of outstanding monographs, some of which have become classics in the field. The present report is no exception. It is without a doubt the most comprehensive and up-to-date review of the physiology and pathology of night vision, a subject which has received a tremendous amount of attention during the last 15 years, and especially during the late war.
Faced with so huge a tome, a reviewer can only hope to give a general idea of the wealth of material which it contains.
The physiology of photopic and scotopic vision is discussed adequately in the first chapter, by P. B. Benoit. The normal dark adaptation curve and its variations under the influence of different experimental conditions received detailed attention in
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