Catalogue Number: 25
Art of preserving the sight unimpaired to an extreme old age: and of re-establishing and strengthening it when it becomes weak
Sub-Category: Significant book (Aitken collection)
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1824
Edition: 6 th edition
Time Period: 19th C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: Henry Colburn and Co
Description Of Item: The book is 170 x 105 mm, hard bound, with 259 pages. Subtitle adds the words 'With instructions how to proceed in accidental cases which do not require the assistance of professional men And the mode of treatment proper for eyes during and immediately after the small pox to which are added observations on the inconveniences and dangers arising from the use of common spectacles'The text has three sections, the first on the preservation of the health eyes, the second on the treatment of well eyes and the third on treating the eyes in the event of accident, this last section dealing with removal of foreign bodies and the treatment of insect stings and contusions.
Historical Significance: The author is anonymous but is described as an 'experienced oculist". It is generally accepted that the author was George J BEER. George Beer (1763- ) was professor of ophthalmolgy in Vienna and founded the first ophthalmology school and is regarded as one of the founders of ophthalmology as a recognised medical speciality.
How Acquired: Donated by Michael Aitken, honorary archivist
Date Acquired: 1989
Location: Nathan Library. Aitken collection