Refraction of the eye. A manual for students

Catalogue Number: 2386
Refraction of the eye. A manual for students
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: HARTRIDGE, Gustavus
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1911
Edition: 15th Edition
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: J and A Churchill
Description Of Item: Original slate cloth covers, 275 pages plus 16 unnumbered pages of book advertisements, 110 illustrations, folding Snellen Chart opposite page 270, index
Historical Significance: Gustavus Hartridge FRCS (1849-1923) was a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and surgeon to a number of London hospitals. This book was written to help (medical?) students diagnose refractive errors and prescribe glasses. Gustavus Hartridge also wrote 'The ophthalmoscope: a manual for students' 1919 . He was a prominent ophthalmic surgeon in London. He is to be distinguished from Hamilton Hartridge FRS (1886-1976), a famous eye physiologist, but the two are related. Gustavus was Hamilton Hartridge's father's cousin and is said to have encouraged Hamilton's interest in the eye. This book was first published in 1884 and ran for many editions the last being the 16th ed 1919. This is the 9th edition. The archive also holds the 10th (1900), 14th (1907) and 16th (1919) editions. Of particular interest is that the appendix contains several pages and illustrations of Culbertson's prisoptometer. The museum hold two examples of this optometer (Cat No 202 and 1177).
How Acquired: Donated by Peter O'Connor
Date Acquired: Feb 2014
Condition: Good. Small blemishes on cloth
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note

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