Dr. Davson has undertaken a monumental task, essentially expanding his earlier book The Physiology of the Eye (1949) and bringing it up-to-date by utilizing a highly authoritative group of contributors.
While stressing the intimate relationship between physiology and function and, in some areas, clinical applicability, each of the various authors has in general succeeded in maintaining a flowing account of physiology rather than reverting to a more easily written, plodding encyclopedic reference.
Volume 3.—Muscular Mechanisms: The contents include "Movements of the Eye," "Accommodation and the Pupil," and "Secretion of Tears and Blinking." More than two thirds of the entire volume is very capably written by Dr. Mathew Alpern of the University of Michigan. His orientation toward physiological optics is apparent. He possesses the desirable knack of presenting this complicated, confusing, voluminous literature in a succinct manner. A bit more than one half of this volume explores the field of gross