Catalogue Number: 1282
The principles and practice of refraction and its allied subjects
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: GILES George H, with Chapters by MITCHELL DWA, FLETCHER RJ, DICKINSON F, BANNON RE and SASIENNI LS.
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1965
Edition: 2nd Edition
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: Hammond Hammond and Company Ltd
Description Of Item: Original navy blue cloth cover, 554 pages including index, 163 black and white illustrations including instruments in use at the time. Library label on spine. Book plate for the Library Department of Ophthalmology University of Melbourne inside front cover paste down, stamp of the Department on the front fly leaf. Price of $19.60 and date 5/67 on inside front cover paste down.
Historical Significance: This book gives an account of the main scope of optometry in the middle of the 20th C from a UK perspective. The first edition was published in 1960. It does not have any content on diseases of the eye other than a chapter on ophthalmoscopy. It does not allude to biomicroscopy or tonometry in the main text, although these techniques are briefly referred to in Chapter 33 by Robert Fletcher in Section IV 'Special aspects of ophthalmic optics'. There is also a chapter on contact lenses by Dickinson in this section as an after thought to the main text. Optometry had already moved on by the time this book was published. George Giles OBE FBOA FSMC DOrth (1904-1965) was a prominent figure in UK optometry and was the Secretary of the British Optical Association from 1941-1965). He was made an Honorary Life Member of the Victorian College of Optometry when he visited in 1955.. At various times he was Senior Examiner of the BOA, Senior Staff refractionist, Senior Orthoptist and Lecturer at the London Refraction Hospital, consultant to the Thames Nautical Training College (HMS "Worcester"), Registrar of the Joint Council of Qualified Opticians, Technical Adviser to the London Optical Company, Honorary Secretary of the West and North West London and Middlesex Local Association, member of the General Optical Council, President of the International Optical League, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society, Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society and an Ernest Aves Medallist. He also qualified as a barrister of Lincoln's Inn. Giles edited the Dioptric Review and The British Journal of Physiological Optics. He co-designed the Giles-Archer Colour Vision Unit and various orthoptic instruments. See other books by Giles in this collection. Cat Nos 104, 195, 196, 607, 609, 1706.
How Acquired: Donated by Dr Alan Isaacs, honorary life member of the College
Date Acquired: 9 July 2009
Condition: Very good
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note