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November 1978

Physiology of the Eye: An Introduction to the Vegetative Functions

Arch Ophthalmol. 1978;96(11):2138. doi:10.1001/archopht.1978.03910060502028

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This book is intended to serve as an introductory text for students in optometry and is written with strong bioengineering orientation by an author who extensively contributed to the topics covered through original research, which has been published mostly in Experimental Eye Research. The author's preference is obvious from the partition of the material. Forty-five percent of the book deals with water and gas transport through the cornea, 20% concerns intraocular pressure and its measurement, while 5% addresses the retina and six lines address electrical events in the retina. Motility and sensory function of the eye are not covered and physiological mechanisms are treated lightly, if at all. The content is thus more restricted than the title promises. This might mislead the potential reader. The book presents an in-depth analytical summary of water and gas transport phenomena by means of a "teleological approach." The reporting is factual, the analysis

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