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February 1942

The Retina.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1942;27(2):430. doi:10.1001/archopht.1942.00880020216024

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Dr. Polyak has gathered together in one volume the results not only of his own researches but of those of the host of investigators of the finer structural elements of the retina. An extensive, thorough-going treatise on the primate retina, it is saved from unwieldiness by the excellence of its arrangement.

The some 600 pages are divided into six parts, the largest and most important dealing with the minute structure of the retina, the cytologic structure of the various elements and their distribution in the foveal and peripheral regions. The author writes at length on the synaptic relations between the rods and cones and the bipolar cells, of which he describes several distinct types. Similarly, the neural relationships of associational, amacrine and ganglion cells are discussed in detail. In the discussion of this subject and the conflicting concepts of it, a service is rendered alike to the investigator, the teacher

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