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January 1964

The Physiology of the Eye.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1964;71(1):150. doi:10.1001/archopht.1964.00970010166026

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Many practicing ophthalmologists will not read this book because it is not clinical. This is unfortunate, for in one volume Professor Davson provides a simple yet thorough exposition of ocular physiology, a background essential for the practice of knowledgeable ophthalmology today. The book presents a well-organized review of the principles of eye physiology, and it incorporates the significant results of recent investigations into this established framework. The arrangement simplifies the subject and adds to our understanding.

Although this is a second edition, the book can more properly be considered a new one. As is pointed out in the preface, it is 15 years since the first edition was written; and in the interval there have been tremendous advances in some aspects of eye physiology. Thus the new edition is 50% larger than the first, mostly because of the expanded sections on vegetative physiology and biochemistry and on mechanisms of vision.

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