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September 1982

Pathophysiology of the Visual System

Arch Ophthalmol. 1982;100(9):1510. doi:10.1001/archopht.1982.01030040488024

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The book presents the proceedings of a workshop held in Pisa, Italy, in 1980, and is an attempt of the Commission of European Communities to facilitate an inter-European exchange of information. The editor of this appealing book is Dr Maffei, an experienced visual physiologist, as are most of the participants from eight European countries and the United States. The session chairmen are all well-known European visual scientists, among them, Berlucchi, Grüsser, Baumgartner, Cambell, and Bodis-Wollner. The participants attempt to define areas of possible clinical importance, although the reader is warned that no "red flag" will help determine the fertile fields. A prime example where basic research found a quick and important application into ophthalmology is Hubel and Wiesel's establishment of a critical period for the development of vision in kittens, a finding that placed the patching of children with strabismus on a scientific foundation.

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