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The senior writer of this admirable manual has undoubtedly taken for his text a sentence from his own "Erasmus Wilson Lectures on the Anatomy and Pathology of the Eye" the statement that "there is a law in biology to the effect that various stages of development through which the individual passes typify the history of the race"; since a perusal of the book furnishes evidence that the authors regard pathologic proccesses mainly in their evolutionary and embryologic aspect—a point of view which is not only original but eminently scientific.
The chapter on "Aberrations in Development" is an interesting one and deserves particular attention. It will, however, be possible to refer to only a few instances of the abnormalities mentioned in it. The authors mention the fact that in various animals the blood-supply of the retina varies considerably. In some mammals the retina is devoid of blood-vessels; in others they arise
Pathology and Bacteriology [of the Eye]. JAMA. 1911;LVII(16):1315. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260100141046
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