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November 1978

Structure of the Ocular Vessels

Arch Ophthalmol. 1978;96(11):2137. doi:10.1001/archopht.1978.03910060501025

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This monograph is an outstanding contribution to our understanding of the angioarchitecture of the eye. The authors have utilized a revolutionary technique to study plastic casts of all the vascular components of the eye by scanning electron microscopy. The technique extends our understanding of the microcirculation of the globe beyond what was known from ink- or latex-injection studies, trypsin digestion, and fluorescein angiography. For the first time, it is possible to study the three-dimensional nature of the vascular beds of the retina, choroid, optic nerve, ciliary body, and iris and their interrelationships at magnifications from 16 to 3,000 times.

Most of the illustrations in this volume are spectacular and possess a three-dimensional quality. The reader will need to study some of them carefully in order to comprehend their full meaning. Additional labeling in some photographs and composite drawings would have contributed to the overall success of this magnificent book. The

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