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September 1984

Parallel Processing in the Visual Systems: The Classification of Retinal Ganglion Cells and Impact on the Neurobiology of Vision

Arch Ophthalmol. 1984;102(9):1258. doi:10.1001/archopht.1984.01040031022002

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This volume, which is one in a series on Perspective in Vision Research, is an authoritative and comprehensive text that traces the development of our knowledge of retinal ganglion cells, receptive fields, and the overall development of the visual system.

Part I includes three chapters that pertain to the classification of retinal ganglion cells. The material includes studies of the conduction velocity groupings among optic nerve axons, the receptive fields of retinal ganglion cells, and the morphology of retinal ganglion cells. Part II contains two chapters on the methodology of classification, while part III contains seven chapters on the impact of ganglion cell classification.

The text is detailed and mainly relevant to readers who already have some background in visual system function and anatomy. However, it has individual sections that will be informative to the casual reader with a more comprehensive appreciation of the evolutionary development in our understanding of

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