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November 2, 1970

The Retina: Morphology, Function and Clinical Characteristics

Author Affiliations

University of Utah College of Medicine Salt Lake City

JAMA. 1970;214(5):917. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03180050071024

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A brilliantly colored Van Gogh or a flash of white light—how does the eye translate these into optic nerve impulses? The translation is done by "the immediate instrument of vision," the retina. This book deals with that translation process.

The book is based on a symposium held at the dedication at the Jules Stein Institute at UCLA College of Medicine. It attracted many of the brightest names working in visual science today. Scanning the table of contents, one finds Dowling writing on the retinal ganglion cells, Mommaerts on the visual pigments, Dartnall and also Wald on visual photochemistry, Rushton on retinal adaptation, Hartline on retinal inhibitory interaction, Brown on the electroretinogram, Straatsma on the topography of the retina, Potts on clinical electroretinogram and electro-oculography, Linksz on acquired color blindness, and 12 other papers on related topics. The scholarly excellence of the contributed work, well edited and well published, is an