Textbook of iridiagnosis, Guide in treatment

Catalogue Number: 1443
Textbook of iridiagnosis, Guide in treatment
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: KRITZER J Haskel
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1924
Edition: 4th Edition
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Chicago
Publisher/Manufacturer: J Haskel Kritzer
Description Of Item: Original black cloth with gilt titling. Illustrated with colour frontispiece, 12 black and white figures in text and 12 plates mostly in colour
Historical Significance: The first edition was published in 1921. This book is one of the earliest treatises on iridodiagnosis (Iridology) although the first explicit description of this is in Chiromatica Medica, published in 1665. The first use of the word Augendiagnostik ("eye diagnosis," loosely translated as iridology) began with Ignaz von Peczely, a 19th-century Hungarian physician. Pastor Felke developed a form of homeopathy for treating specific illnesses and described new iris signs in the early 1900s. Iridology became better known in the United States through the writings of writings of Johannes Thiel, Eduard Lahn and J Haskell Kritzer and, later in the 1950s, of Bernard Jensen, an American chiropractor.
How Acquired: Donated by Tony Simon, NSW optometrist, son of Victor Simon, a prominent optometrist in NSW mid 20thC
Date Acquired: Feb 2010
Condition: Very poor
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note

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