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September 1976

Basic Mechanisms of Ocular Motility and Their Clinical Implications

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Miami, Fla

Arch Neurol. 1976;33(9):665-666. doi:10.1001/archneur.1976.00500090071024

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An international symposium emphasizing the clinical implications of basic ocular motor mechanisms was held in June of 1974 at the Wenner-Gren Center in Stockholm. The resultant text contains the scientific papers and clinical discussions presented, and preserves the symposium's stress on the symbiosis of basic and clinical research. It is divided into three main sections: peripheral mechanisms, central mechanisms, and free papers.

The first section, on peripheral mechanisms, contains excellent papers on the structure and function of cells, muscle fibers, and motor units, in addition to studies of extraocular muscle forces in normal and abnormal ocular motor systems. In the central mechanisms section, the topics presented include the vestibulo-ocular reflex, plasticity, cerebellar influences, ocular motor control, and effects on vision. Both sections contain clinical discussions that relate the findings of the basic research to clinical observations. The contributions in the final section, free papers, cover a very wide range of

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