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Neural Principles in Vision

  • Friedrich Zettler
  • Reto Weiler

Part of the Proceedings in Life Sciences book series (LIFE SCIENCES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Opening Remarks

    1. H. Autrum
      Pages 1-4
  3. Vertebrates

  4. Arthropods

  5. Molluscs

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 427-432

About these proceedings

Introduction

Scientific investigation of the retina began with extensive studies of its anatomical structure. The selective staining of neurons achieved by the Golgi method has led to a comprehensive picture of the architecture of the tissue in terms of its individ­ ual elements. Cajal, in particular, used this tech­ nique to reveal the fundamentals of retinal struc­ ture. In the studies that followed, selective stain­ ing method continued to be decisive in the analysis of neuroanatomy, and in recent years these techniques have been complemented by electron microscopy. The complexity of retinal structure that has been revealed demands a functional explanation, and elec­ trophysiology attempts to provide it. But functional analysis, like anatomy, must ultimately be based on the single cell. It is only by using dyes to mark the recording site that one can identify the cells involved. When this succeeds, as it has recently, one can actually fit functional events into the ana­ tomical framework. With these advances, our strate­ gies and tactics toward an understanding of the structure and function of the retina have moved in­ to a new phase.

Keywords

Gliederfüsser Netzhaut Sehen Weichtiere Wirbeltiere anatomy physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Friedrich Zettler
    • 1
  • Reto Weiler
    • 1
  1. 1.Zoologisches InstitutUniversität MünchenMünchen 2Germany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-66432-8
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1976
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-66434-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-66432-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-6625
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