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March 1978

The Theory of Binocular Vision

Arch Neurol. 1978;35(3):184. doi:10.1001/archneur.1978.00500270066021

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Hering's classic treatise (Die Lehre vom Binokularen Sehen) on the functional properties of the ocular mechanisms employed for binocular fixation has now been made available to English-reading audiences. Bridgeman's translation includes an extensive rearrangement and simplification of the original text in an effort to clarify the thoughts and arguments surrounding the original formulation of Hering's Law. An introduction by the first co-editor sets the work in its historical context. This is presented as an oculomotor "control theory," setting it ahead of its time in the history of neurological concepts. Stark's comments at the end of the book's four parts apprises the reader of the significance of the preceding contributions and their place in our current body of knowledge of eye movements. Students of the visual system will welcome this historical piece and the opportunity to appreciate Hering's stature in the field as well as the outcome of the Helmholtz-Hering controversies.

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