Ophthalmology Research

Retinal Degenerations

Biology, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics

Editors: Tombran-Tink, Joyce, Barnstable, Colin J. (Eds.)

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  • Examines the impact of diabetes on neuronal, glial, and vascular cells of the retina
  • Describes the role of drusen in macular degeneration and new methods for quantification
  • Presents cell-based therapies for restricting the progress of photoreceptor degeneration
  • Explores cutting-edge stem-cell based therapies for retinal transplantation
  • Introduces genetic modifiers affecting phenotypic expression of retinal diseases
  • Discusses the importance of endogenous neurotrophic factors in retinal survival
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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.

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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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Table of contents (25 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Retinal Degenerations
Book Subtitle
Biology, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics
Editors
  • Joyce Tombran-Tink
  • Colin J. Barnstable
Series Title
Ophthalmology Research
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Humana Press
Copyright Holder
Humana Press
eBook ISBN
978-1-59745-186-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-59745-186-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-58829-620-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-6098-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 466
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