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The inspiration to write this book came to its author, Melvin Rubin, MD, in the notes of a lecture course on physiological optics given by the late Gordon Walls, MD, at the University of California. Dr. Walls died in 1962.
It was a happy circumstance that brought these two men together. Some of us old enough can recall the great impact Walls' classic book, The Vertebrate Eye had on the comparative anatomy of the eye. That text has never been surpassed.
Now Rubin has set himself the task of making physiological optics intelligible and palatable to the clinical ophthalmologist—no mean task. The term "physiological optics" is often defined as the application of geometrical optics to image formation in the eye, but here it is used in a much broader sense, namely, to cover the "physiology of the basic processes of vision itself, in the retina, the central visual pathway,
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