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October 1976

The Developing Visual System: The Retinal Pigment Epithelium

Arch Ophthalmol. 1976;94(10):1816. doi:10.1001/archopht.1976.03910040590035

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This two-part volume is designed for the clinician as an introduction to the development of the visual system and proposes to relate structural and functional development to congenital anomalies observed clinically. The first section of this two-part volume covers some of the important aspects of normal development of the eye. The chapters are short but to the point, and sufficient references are cited for those interested in more details. The second section is devoted to the structure and function of the pigment epithelium, as well as considerations of the photoreceptor-pigment epithelium complex and diseases of pigment epithelium.

The first section starts with a brief summary of ocular morphogenesis that serves to introduce the subsequent chapters. The authors emphasize the importance of tissue interactions for normal development and the failure of tissue interactions in relation to congenital abnormalities. In the first two chapters, careful distinctions are not made between developmental events

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