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July 1970

The Cornea: Macromolecular Organization of a Connective Tissue.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1970;84(1):126. doi:10.1001/archopht.1970.00990040128027

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In 1967, a Symposium on the Cornea was held in Kyoto, Japan, sponsored by Professor Takashi Mizukawa of Osaka and Dr. Maurice Langham of Baltimore. A small group of experts on corneal physiology were invited to the meeting and their presented papers have been collected into a 239-page volume.

The papers deal with fundamental aspects of the structure and function of the corneal layers. No clinical problems are discussed. The first of the three parts covers, mainly, epithelial function and the arguments for the theory that the epithelium regulates the hydration of the stroma. Part 2 concerns the molecular structure of the stroma and discusses swelling and transparency. The last part deals with the endothelium and its role in dehydration.

Although the clinician will find little in this book to help him in the practice of ophthalmology, it is a must for everyone who is interested in corneal research. The

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