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October 1973

The Optic Nerve: Proceedings of the Second William Mackenzie Memorial Symposium.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1973;90(4):342. doi:10.1001/archopht.1973.01000050344025

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This excellent book contains all the scientific material presented at the second William Mackenzie Memorial Symposium held in Glasgow, Scotland, in September 1971. Forty-three papers concerning the optic nerve were read and no ophthalmologist interested in diseases of the optic nerve or glaucoma should miss the opportunity to obtain this book. Only a small amount of information can be included here but a few teasers are as follows: (1) Hayreh studied the blood supply of the optic nerve in over a hundred human eyes. None showed the so-called "central artery of the optic nerve" of François and Neetens. That is a myth. Hayreh's important findings are carefully explained. (2) A myelinated nerve fiber conducts an impulse much faster than a nonmyelinated fiber. An impulse in a myelinated fiber jumps along the axis cylinder from one node of Ranvier to the next. (3) Static perimetry is complementary to kinetic (conventional) perimetry

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