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March 1956

Essentials of Biological and Medical Physics.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1956;55(3):447. doi:10.1001/archopht.1956.00930030451023

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The chief interests for ophthalmologists in this book are the chapters on the biophysical studies of light. These topics include light and its biological effects, light used as a therapeutic tool, the biophysics of the visual processes, geometric optics in vision, the physical basis of microscopy, optical activity of biological material, and the physical nature of animal light. All these chapters are well done and present the material from the point of view of the physicist. This is of particular interest in the biophysics of the visual processes. There has necessarily been so much condensation of the material that only one who is already familiar with the general subject would have much rapport with this book. For those who wish to go further afield into medical physics the book covers the whole field of biophysics, including mechanical biophysical systems, heat and thermodynamics in life, bioacoustics, gas physics in biology, fluid-flow

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