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The first edition of Adler's "Physiology of the Eye," reviewed in the May, 1951, issue of these Archives, became exhausted during the latter part of 1952. Having gained, by that time, the status of a standard text, its unavailability during most of 1953 was keenly felt by teachers and students of basic ophthalmology. This situation was relieved by the publication of the second edition, which now lies before us.
The general character of the book has remained unchanged. The new material that has been included serves principally to complete or strengthen previously established concepts rather than to introduce new concepts.
To start with the author's pet chapter, ocular motility, the sections on the socalled position of rest and the fusion-free position have been considerably enlarged. The stress is on the existence of a characteristic position of rest for each state of activity or inactivity of the central nervous system. "The
Physiology of the Eye: Clinical Application.. AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1954;52(3):493-494. doi:10.1001/archopht.1954.00920050495021