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April 1983

A Biography of the Eye: Development, Growth, Age

Arch Ophthalmol. 1983;101(4):658. doi:10.1001/archopht.1983.01040010658030

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This is a new edition of the author's book, The Aging Eye, published in 1963. The interesting title reflects the author's thesis that gerontology, or the study of senescence, involves involutional changes in development beginning at birth at molecular, cellular, and systemic levels. The comprehensive nature of this book is indicated by inclusion of the material from 49 pages of references with most of the illustrations from these sources. After a general discussion of the several ways of looking at the process of aging, the biography of the eye begins with ocular embryology, the infant eye, growth, and senescent changes in the eyeball, uveal tract, lens, retina, brain, and responses to visual stimuli. The style and delightful vignettes make this presentation of a difficult subject worthy of the best English tradition.

This book is a must for those investigators interested in any aspect of senescence in ocular tissues, or for

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