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April 1992

Davson's Physiology of the Eye

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Cambridge, Mass

Arch Ophthalmol. 1992;110(4):461. doi:10.1001/archopht.1992.01080160039023

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The first edition of Physiology of the Eye was issued in 1949, more than 40 years ago. Subsequent editions have appeared at roughly 10-year intervals, in 1963,1972,1980, and 1990. The present edition was completed in late 1988 and contains references through 1986 and early 1987. During these four decades, extraordinary progress has been made in our understanding of the physiology of the eye and visual system, and the present edition reviews much of this increase of knowledge. In particular, the electrophysiological studies of the visual system have been spectacular and have led to the awarding of a Nobel prize to David Hubel and Torsten Wiesel. The seminal work pioneered by Hubel and Wiesel was first included in the third edition of the book, but was covered in a mere 20 pages. By the fourth edition, 80 pages were devoted to this subject, and in the present edition, the coverage has

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