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April 1976

The Vertebrate Retina: Principles of Structure and Function

Arch Ophthalmol. 1976;94(4):691. doi:10.1001/archopht.1976.03910030345027

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Layer by layer, Professor Rodieck verbally dissects the vertebrate retina and the chorioretinal border structures, presenting them structurally, chemically, and functionally in a concise, methodical manner. Supported by investigations from the time of Newton (1704), Young (1801), Helmholtz (1856), and Cajal (1893), the author's survey progresses to the present use of sophisticated techniques of freeze etching, radioautography, microspectrophotometry, foveal reflectometry, and many others. The most recently available information on neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of the retina is incorporated into this book.

The book has 23 chapters and five appendices. After a survey of retinal structure, chapters on the chemistry, photochemistry, and spectral properties of the visual pigments follow. Viewing the photoreceptors as a layer of visual pigment sandwiched between two layers rich in mitochondria and metabolic enzymes, the retinal pigment epithelium and the outer layers are analyzed. Moving inward, the structure and neurophysiology of the remainder of the inner retina is

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