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April 17, 1943

The Vertebrate Eye and Its Adaptive Radiation

JAMA. 1943;121(16):1314. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840160064031

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This book is the nineteenth bulletin of the Cranbrook Institute of Science, a massive tome with illustrations galore. The material deals with the various phases of the vertebrate eye. The first part is labeled "basic." It treats of light and its properties with especial reference to perception by an eye. The eye itself, the human eye, is then discussed and dissected from all points, starting with embryology, passing through the gross and microscopic anatomy, and finishing with the physiology of vision. This part is well written in plain language. The second part is the ecologic; in this are discussed the necessary adaptations that the visual apparatus has undergone and is still undergoing so that the parent organism may survive under various conditions. To the clinical ophthalmologist, much of this section will be entirely new and he will be surprised how much of this applies to his daily routine. The third

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