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This volume, dealing primarily with reports on the lens and the cornea, was compiled in honor of John E. Harris who, in December of 1978, retired as chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. The book contains 39 contributions from associates and friends all over the world, as well as four short papers dealing with Harris' contributions as a basic scientist, clinician, national spokesman for ophthalmology, teacher, and department chairman. Although the papers are uneven in quality, some of the presentations are of considerable interest and would be helpful to serious students of the lens and the cornea.
Harris was the first to demonstrate that energy-generating metabolic processes are necessary to eliminate sodium and accumulate potassium against concentration gradients in the RBC. This fundamental work explained how ion gradients could exist in spite of membrane permeability and led to an incisive series of papers dealing
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