Squint training

Catalogue Number: 1048
Squint training
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: PUGH Muriel Agnes
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1936
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: Oxford University Press
Description Of Item: Original red cloth cover, 117 pages, 42 figures in text. Erratum leaf at page 101
Historical Significance: This is an early book on orthoptics. Miss Pugh was one of the first orthoptists. The practice of orthoptics commenced in London in 1920 and the first hospital clinic opened at the Royal Westminster Hospital in 1928. The first orthoptist may have been Mary Maddox, the daughter of the English ophthalmologist, Ernest Maddox (1863-1933) who wrote 'Tests and studies of the ocular muscles' and invented the Maddox rod. Muriel Pugh is recorded as a speaker at the 102nd Annual Meeting of the British Medical Association at Bournemouth in July, 1934. She gave a paper 'Orthoptic Treatment of Squint: Its Scope and Limitation' on Thursday, July 26. in the company of fellow speakers Mr. Frank W. Law, Mr. Frederick T. Ridley, Mr. Arnold Sorsby. The first Australian orthoptic clinic was established at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne in 1931. See other early books on squint and orthoptics by Dobson (1933) (cat No 547) and by Worth (1906) (cat No 352)
How Acquired: Ex Nathan Library
Date Acquired: Nov 2008
Condition: Good except for VOA library stamps and stickers
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note

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