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March 1957

Biochemistry of the Eye.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1957;57(3):483-484. doi:10.1001/archopht.1957.00930050495033

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The book deals with the biochemical aspects of the eye and is a welcome and much-needed addition to ophthalmic literature. Four chapters out of ten are devoted to the lens; in them are discussed its components and metabolism, the transport of substances into and out of the organ, and experimental and senile cataracts. Other chapters deal with the cornea, the chemical aspects of vision, the retina, the vitreous body, the aqueous humor and the ciliary body, and ocular effects of nutritional diseases. There are helpful statements on the embryological origin of certain tissues, and some of the chapters contain a lucid and critical evaluation of the present knowledge of the subject discussed. A glossary of ophthalmologic and other terms concludes the volume. The book is well documented, with references at the end of each chapter, some of which are as recent as to include publications in 1955.

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