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November 1971

Physiology of the Retina and Visual Pathway

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Gainesville, Fla

Arch Ophthalmol. 1971;86(5):610. doi:10.1001/archopht.1971.01000010612024

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It is a pleasure to welcome the second edition of Brindley's fine monograph, the first having appeared over 11 years ago. Its theme, "How does the visual pathway work?" is brought up to date in this new edition. Brindley skillfully neglects the elegant investigations of the invertebrate eye as he directs his attention to the human visual system. Considering the volume of new information in visual physiology produced during the past decade, one can only marvel at the author's perspicacity in condensing and compiling it and placing it into historical perspective. All this was done in such a way as not to increase the total quantity of text over that in the very succinct original edition; that is, he has maintained an identically sized book!

After comparing both editions, I find that the deleted material was carefully chosen to preserve the logical sequence. Over 50% of the space is devoted

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