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April 1976

Physiology of Photoreceptor Organs vol 7, pt 2, Handbook of Sensory Physiology

Arch Ophthalmol. 1976;94(4):691. doi:10.1001/archopht.1976.03910030345028

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Nineteen authors have contributed to this compilation of papers on photoreceptor organs, and the result is an informative reference source for serious students of visual physiology. As noted in the preface, the principal focus is on two basic areas of investigation: transduction and information processing by retinal cells. Although quantum "bumps" in ommatidia receive perhaps more attention than is due them, whereas the functional organization of the synaptic layers of the vertebrate retina receives less, the judicious choice of advocates has led to a nice balance between vertebrate and invertebrate systems. The chapters by Trujillo-Cenóz, Cohen, and Stell provide splendid reviews of retinal anatomy and the interrelation of form and function. Stell's contribution on morphological organization is truly outstanding; his essay extends well beyond the constraints of its nominal title to incorporate material that is otherwise sorely neglected. Tomita is always a joy to read, and his overview of the

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