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February 1986

The Pupil

Arch Ophthalmol. 1986;104(2):180. doi:10.1001/archopht.1986.01050140032014

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A short reference on the pupil should find a large and receptive audience among ophthalmologists and neurologists, who seem to routinely examine pupils even when they neglect other parts of the neuro-ophthalmic examination! Pupils also receive attention from other physicians if one can judge by the prevalence of the acronym PERLA in hospital charts. Professor Evangelos Alexandrides of Heidelberg has the credentials to write authoritatively about the pupil; pupillary physiology and pathophysiology have been the foci of his investigations in ophthalmology. His book, revised and translated from the German edition, is designed to assist ophthalmologists and neurologists in the differential diagnosis of pupillary disturbances.

"... as do those of its predecessors, this attempt fails!"

It opens with sections on the normal pupil, including information on anatomy, neuroanatomy, physiology, and pharmacology. Sections on methods of examination and abnormal pupils follow. A section on the pupil in poisonings completes the book. There are

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