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March 1966

Neurophysiology (ed 2).

Arch Ophthalmol. 1966;75(3):451. doi:10.1001/archopht.1966.00970050453027

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This volume consists of a reprint of the chapters devoted to neurophysiology in Howell's classic textbook of physiology. The book is meant for those whose primary interest is neurophysiology and who do not wish to invest in the larger textbook.

The authors have attempted to present neurophysiology "in depth," and in my opinion have achieved this objective. Neurophysiology is treated as a continuum which stretches from the physics of the neuron to the physiologic interpretation of the signs and symptoms of neurologic disease. Where necessary for clarification, the physics, mathematics, and physical chemistry of neurophysiological phenomena are explored.

Three chapters are devoted to vision. The first deals with the eye as an optical instrument, the second with vision, and the third with binocular vision and the central visual pathways. These chapters are excellently written and serve as excellent preliminary surveys of the field. The bibliographies at the end of each

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