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Retinal Degenerations: Biology, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics (Mixed media product)

Edité par Humana Press, 2007
ISBN 10: 1588296202 / ISBN 13: 9781588296207
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Titre : Retinal Degenerations: Biology, Diagnostics,...

Éditeur : Humana Press

Date d'édition : 2007

Reliure : Mixed media product

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. For centuries, humans have tried to explain the complex process of vision and find effective treatments for eye diseases. Perhaps the oldest surviving record of ancient ophthalmic practices is the Babylonian code of Hammurabi that over 4000 years ago, mentioned fees for eye surgery and penalties for unsuccessful operations that led to loss of the eye. Babylonian medicine was controlled by priests who directed the work of skilled surgeons. The earliest records of Egyptian medicine date from almost the same time. The Ebers Papyrus, dating back to more than 3500 years ago is a superbly preserved document in which a section outlines a relatively advanced system of diagnosis and treatment of various ocular pathologies. The text reveals that ancient Greek and Egyptian physicians prescribed liver juice for night blindness. This was obtained from roasted and crushed ox liver. We now know that their prescription contained a remarkable amount of vitamin A. It was only within the last century, however, that we have recognized the importance of vitamin A to the function of photoreceptors and visual acuity and that its deficiency can result in night blindness. Egyptian ophthalmological practices were held in high esteem in the ancient world and so were their medical institutes, called peri-ankh, which existed since the first dynasty. Herodotus, the fifth century BC Greek historian, comments on the specialization of the physicians: Each physician treats just one disease. N° de réf. du libraire LIB9781588296207

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This book presents new and noteworthy research into retinal diseases.

It focuses on what we currently know about the environment, genetics and mechanisms that lead to retinal degenerations, new diagnostics, and innovative therapeutic modalities to preserve vision. Written by renowned scientific investigators, this innovative collection of treatment strategies and technological discoveries allows for the realistic translation of research into practice.

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"This book is a comprehensive review of the retinal degenerations, focusing particularly on a range of macular degenerations and the inherited retinal dystrophies. ? is essential reading for even the experienced low vision clinician and anyone wishing to understand the difficulties faced by patients who are diagnosed with sight-threatening retinal conditions. ? will be of interest to research groups. ? This is a valuable book and is essential for low vision clinicians. I recommend it to any optometrist with a particular interest in retinal disease." (Michael Kalloniatis, Clinical and Experimental Optometry, Issue 91, November, 2008)

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