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November 1943

Vertebrate Photoreceptors.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1943;30(5):705-706. doi:10.1001/archopht.1943.00880230137018

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From time to time a book appears that contains precise technical information, presented so simply, clearly and interestingly that it makes good reading for professional and lay student alike. Such is this latest publication in the series of "Experimental Biological Monographs." Although some attention is paid to the retina as a whole, it is the visual cells and retinal pigment that receive major attention.

After a preliminary chapter on the vertebrate eye as a unit, the organization of the retina is described; here the reader may obtain a digest of the far reaching and revolutionary concept of Polyak concerning the types of neurons encountered in the primate retina, their synaptic relations and the paths taken by retinal impulses. Succeeding chapters deal adequately with the development of retinal elements and the structure of visual cells and contain a discussion of the basis for identification of rods and cones in their more

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