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The Retina

An Approachable Part of the Brain, Revised Edition

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$114.50 • £91.95 • €103.00

ISBN 9780674061545

Publication Date: 01/15/2012


384 pages

12 color illustrations, 145 halftones

Belknap Press


John Dowling’s The Retina has been the most well-known and widely read introduction to the structure and function of retinal cells and circuits. This revised edition provides exciting new insights about the retina. This is a ‘must read’ for all retinal researchers.—Botond Roska, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Group Leader, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research.

Most attempts at generalizations about the retina require seemingly endless qualifications, not because of the retina’s complexity, but because of the extensive number of experimental preparations used to study it, from hagfish to human, from tissue culture to in vivo preparations. Yet the advantage of studying the retina is that its output can be related directly to its natural input and this input can be controlled exquisitely. This is the take-home message of John Dowling’s highly worthwhile and successful revision of his classic work. Like the first edition in its emphasis on an interdisciplinary approach, the new edition of The Retina offers the best overview available of what we know about the functional organization of the retina.—Stephen Yazulla, Ph.D., Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior, Professor of Ophthalmology, Stony Brook University

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