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August 1961

The Eye and Its Function.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1961;66(2):298. doi:10.1001/archopht.1961.00960010300027

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As one might anticipate, emphasis is placed in this text upon the visual physiology of the eye. After an excellent summary of its embryology and a brief discussion of its nutrition and metabolism, the rest of the book is devoted to monocular and binocular aspects of visual function. The chapter on visual pigments includes a discussion of spectrophotometric investigation and the derivation of some formulae used in these studies. Other chapters deal with the visual pathways, the effects of retinal stimulation, and the function and innervation of intraocular muscles. There follows a description of the extraocular muscles. Here, the supranuclear functions and the problems of binocular vision are discussed.

The text closes with short chapters about the ocular adnexa and about the effect of some drugs upon the eye.

The section on anatomy and ocular metabolism is too brief to serve as anything but background material for the discussion of

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