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December 13, 1941

Vision: A Study of Its Basis

JAMA. 1941;117(24):2109. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820500091043

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This work is admittedly a handbook on the subject of vision. As such it is reasonably comprehensive, although in some few instances clarity is sacrificed for the sake of brevity. The book is well documented, the references including most of the recent works that are covered in the discussion. The author approaches the entire subject in an orderly and logical fashion, considering first the fundamentals of physiologic optics with particular reference to the entoptic phenomena in relation to their effect on the neurophysiology of the perceptive units. From this the author proceeds to the topic of neurohistology of the percipient elements and finally to the neurophysiology of all the elements involved in the visual pathway. It is to the last named subject that the author devotes most of his discussion with chapters on repeated stimulation (flicker), perception of movement, adaptation phenomena, neural interaction and contour. Discussion of the optic pathways

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