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About 20 years ago Adler, then instructor in physiology and ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania, conceived the idea of "a small text-book giving in as simple terms as possible the fundamental facts and the generally accepted theories of how the eye functions." Patterned on this idea, the "Clinical Physiology of the Eye" was published in 1933 (Arch. Ophth.9: 1018 [June] 1933) and became a companion piece to basic texts, such as Whitnall's "Anatomy of the Orbit" or Salzmann's "Histology." Even though the first and only edition of the "Clinical Physiology" became exhausted after a few years, several generations of neophytes in ophthalmology had the good fortune of being guided by this text during their first tottering steps in ophthalmology.
Adler's new "Physiology of the Eye" is not just a second edition of the "Clinical Physiology" of 1933. The two books are similar in purpose, general approach and style,
Physiology of the Eye: Clinical Application. AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1951;45(5):612–614. doi:10.1001/archopht.1951.01700010624019
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