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March 1978

The Eye

Arch Ophthalmol. 1978;96(3):548. doi:10.1001/archopht.1978.03910050304037

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For the second edition of The Eye, the original volume 2 was divided in two parts. The present volume 2B was rewritten by A. Knowles and H. J. A. Dartnall, and the photobiology of vision was expanded from 210 pages (first edition) to 689 pages, and references up to 1977 were included. The presentation is uniformly of high quality.

Twelve chapters take the reader from a characterization of radiation and image formation via extraction of visual pigments, absorption spectroscopy, molecular structure, electrical and photochemical properties of the retina, effects of bleaching, structure and function of receptors, and regeneration of pigments, to in situ spectrophotometry, concluding with environmental influences on the evolution of visual pigments. The treatment of such a wealth of material remains lucid throughout, though at an advanced level. The book is not difficult to read. The physical principles are carefully stated, a list of abbreviations is provided, and

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