The Pupil: Anatomy, Physiology, and Clinical Applications (Anglais) Relié – 2 septembre 1999
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This book is immersed in historical references- meticulously laid out - and loses track of itself every few paragraphs by getting bogged down in historical minutiae. At times the authors fail to see the forest from the trees. Thus it becomes, in essence, a combination of a book on the history of medicine, with a documentation of the scientific results that came out from them, and how they influenced the minds in the field to build up the 1980's view of the pupil. While all pupil experiments are taken apart very critically, in many ways the book ends up telling the story of how many 'taken-for-granted' facts in the field came to be discovered. It's disjointed. I'm not sure the authors intended this book to pan out the way it did. However, there are several lucid chapters on the results of experiments in the field.
Any serious student of the field and wannabe 'ace pupillometrist' will need to do a great deal of reading of original research papers as this book does not contain references from after 1989, and was thus already about 10 years out-of-date before being printed - no minor criticism of a book addressing a scientific field as diverse and massive as pupillometry. There are very major clinical advances, especially in applying the technology to clinical ophthalmology that are not taken on board. This might represent the 'generation gap' between old pupillometrists who felt (and some around who still feel) the technology would not make it into clinical practice and younger ones who feel strongly that though it will take effort newer work with videopupillography is very positive with regard to making this instrument a major tool in the right hands in clinical practice.
This book can muddle your mind unless you have a solid understanding of the pupil from research papers and elsewhere before reading it in detail. For wannabe 'wizard pupillometrists' who have crossed that threshold, this is worth purchasing. Otherwise you will at least end up learning a good deal about the history of the scientific study of the eye and, moreover, the human body in general also, from the times of Greek and Arab physicians to the present!