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July 17, 1972

The Retinal Circulation

JAMA. 1972;221(3):307. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200160057031

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The authors present us with an indepth treatment of the anatomy, pathology, and, within the limits imposed by present knowledge, the pathophysiology of the retinal blood supply.

The book divides itself into two equal parts. The first deals with development, anatomy, physiology, and methods; the second, with diseases affecting the retinal circulation. The target role of the circulation in hypertensive and diabetic eye disease is known to all physicians. These subjects are dealt with in detail. Less common systemic diseases causing pathological findings in the eye are dealt with also. Among these are macroglobulinemia, polycythemia, leukemia, carotid insufficiency, giant cell arteritis, pulseless disease, and pseudoxanthoma elasticum.

The largest category includes those vascular entities which are specifically ocular. They include closure of artery and vein, ocular inflammatory disease, disciform diseases of the posterior pole, and the relatively rare entities of Eales' disease and Coats' disease. All of these disease entities are