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January 1995

Lens and Cataract

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Madison, Wis

Arch Ophthalmol. 1995;113(1):22. doi:10.1001/archopht.1995.01100010024011

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This text is the third volume in a 10-volume series, Textbook of Ophthalmology, intended for the "ophthalmic expert as well as the neophyte." Fully the first quarter of the text, written by Horowitz, reviews the anatomy, biophysics, physiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology of the lens. These areas are discussed in detail and are very readable, with excellent tables, illustrations, and photographs. The clinically oriented reader, however, may find the discussions on molecular biology more difficult reading. More familiar would be the subjects of lens embryology, anatomy of the mature lens, and light transmission properties. The discussion of antioxidant defense mechanisms of the lens is timely, considering the current popularity of antioxidants. The final chapters on the aging and cataractous lens are excellent. Horowitz has authored a very thorough summation of the basic science of the lens. It is hoped that the reader will not forgo this important background material in

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