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June 1964

Nistagmus Ocular.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1964;71(6):919-920. doi:10.1001/archopht.1964.00970010935032

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This book constitutes a complete review on ocular nystagmus, the official theme of the 49th Congress of the Hispano-American Ophthalmological Society. This interesting and difficult subject was given to Dr. Castanera, an authority in the field of ocular motility, who has succeeded in producing a quite complete textbook on this special type of nystagmus.

Although the book is aimed to the practicing ophthalmologist, it is doubtful that he will read the first part which deals with complex anatomico physiologic considerations of the oculomotor apparatus. This will be of more interest to the specialist in the field, or to the neurophysiologist. Dr. Castanera describes the homeostatic concepts of Ashby, which consists of four interconnected and autoregulating elements, a system used by Samso to explain the homeostasis of neuromuscular units to changes in function, as for example the adaptation of transposed spinal muscles to a new function. Based on these concepts the

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