Examination of the eyes

Catalogue Number: 1515
Examination of the eyes
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Hewett collection
Author: LANDOLT, Edmond(e) Translated by Swan M Burnett
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1979
Time Period: 19th C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: New York
Publisher/Manufacturer: Robert E Krieger Publishing Company
Description Of Item: Facsimile reprint published 1979 of the English translation made by Swan M Burnett in 1879 of 'Du diagnostique des maladies des yeux' and 'Manuel d'ophthalmoscopie' (1878) by Edmonde Landolt. Grey imitation leather cover, 312 pages, 16 pages of advertisements, 44 figures in text. New one page introduction by Paul Henkind
Historical Significance: This book presents a series of lectures by Dr Edmonde Landolt given in or about 1878. Edmond(e) Landolt 1846-1926 was the Swiss ophthalmologist who devised the Landolt ring. He worked with Helmholtz, von Graefe, Snellen and Donders. His obituary in Brit J Ophthal 1926; 10: 463 says he will go down in history as the pioneer of the study of the action of eye muscles and their disorders and treatment. He delivered the Bowman lecture in 1911 and re-founded Arch d'Ophtalmol but the obituary makes no mention of famous Landolt ring.He was a prolific writer and instrumental in translating the discoveries of others into accepted ophthalmic practice. We hold other books by Landolt: Cat No 276 Defective eye movements and their diagnosis 1913 and Cat No 277 Refraction and accommodation of the eye 1886. The translator Swan Moses Burnett MD PhD (1847-1906) was the first professor of ophthalmology in the School of Medicine Georgetown University, Washington DC, (see cat no 152 for Burnett's own book on the Principles of refraction of the human eye' 1904). The translator's note states that he has revised the work and added new matter so the translation cannot be relied on as an accurate representation of Landolt's original work.
How Acquired: Purchased by Kett Museum from Abebooks
Date Acquired: July 2010
Condition: New
Location: Nathan Library. Hewett collection

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