Visual Prosthesis and Ophthalmic Devices

New Hope in Sight

  • Joyce Tombran-Tink
  • Colin J. Barnstable
  • Joseph F. RizzoIII

Part of the Ophthalmology Research book series (OPHRES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Gerald J. Chader
    Pages 1-4
  3. Jörg Sommerhalder
    Pages 15-35
  4. Wentai Liu, Mohanasankar Sivaprakasam, Guoxing Wang, Mingcui Zhou, James D. Weiland, Mark S. Humayun
    Pages 55-69
  5. Joseph F. Rizzo III, Laura Snebold, Monica Kenney
    Pages 71-93
  6. Heinrich Gerding
    Pages 95-106
  7. Jongmo Seo, Jingai Zhou, Euitae Kim, Kyo-in Koo, Jang Hee Ye, Sung June Kim et al.
    Pages 107-119
  8. Lee J. Johnson, Dean A. Scribner
    Pages 121-133
  9. Kareem A. Zaghloul, Kwabena Boahen
    Pages 135-158
  10. John W. Morley, Vivek Chowdhury, Minas T. Coroneo
    Pages 159-171
  11. Cheryl L. Cullen
    Pages 173-190
  12. Jenn-Chyuan Wang, Paul Chew
    Pages 191-210
  13. Jorge L. Alió, Mohamed H. Shabayek, Alberto Artola, Hany El Saftawy
    Pages 211-219
  14. Rudy M. M. A. Nuijts, Nayyirih G. Tahzib
    Pages 221-237
  15. Maria I. Kalyvianaki, George D. Kymionis, Ioannis G. Pallikaris
    Pages 239-249
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 275-276

About this book


The history of medicine has been substantially defined by a small number of monumental discoveries. Most of these breakthroughs have emerged from the biological sciences. One of the first great breakthroughs was the recognition by Koch in 1884 that pathogens could be transmitted from one living organism to another to cause disease. This profound concept led to a revolution in the approach to patient care that ultimately led to introduction of “sterile” techniques that greatly improved survivals of patients. This knowledge promoted the discovery of antibiotics 40 years later, which dramatically increased life expectancy throughout the more developed parts of the world. Another great milestone that has influenced medical care was the use of anesthesia for surgery, which was first introduced in 1846. Collectively, these three discoveries armed physicians with the knowledge and means to substantially reduce the prevalence of infectious disease, which was and still remains the leading cause of death throughout the world, and to perform a much wider range of surgeries with greatly improved survivals. The improved li- expectancies enabled the medical community to focus on a wider range of medical problems and solutions to disease.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Joyce Tombran-Tink
    • 1
  • Colin J. Barnstable
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Joseph F. RizzoIII
    • 5
    • 6
    • 7
  1. 1.Department of Ophthalmology and Visual ScienceYale University School of MedicineNew Haven
  2. 2.Department of Neural and Behavioral SciencesPenn State University College of MedicineHershey
  3. 3.Penn State Hershey Neuroscience Research InstitutePenn State University College of MedicineHershey
  4. 4.Penn State Neuroscience InstitutePenn State University College of MedicineHershey
  5. 5.Ophthalmology Department, Harvard Medical SchoolVeteran’s Administration HospitalBoston
  6. 6.Department of Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear InfirmaryVeteran’s Administration HospitalBoston
  7. 7.Center of Innovative Visual RehabilitationVeteran’s Administration HospitalBoston

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Humana Press Inc. 2007
  • Publisher Name Humana Press
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-934115-16-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-59745-449-0
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