Catalogue Number: 694
Parsons' Diseases of the Eye
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: DUKE ELDER (Sir) Stewart
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1954
Edition: 12th Edition
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: J and A Churchill
Description Of Item: Original plum cloth covers, 606 pages, 465 text figures and 22 colour plates.
Historical Significance: This is the last edition of many editions of this classic text first published in 1907. This was the standard text for Melbourne optometry students in the 1950s and 1960s. It was first published as 'Diseases of the eye a manual for students and practitioners', became 'Diseases of the Eye' and went to a 10th edition in 1942 when authorship went to Duke Elder and later SJH Miller. It continued for many years as 'Parsons' Diseases of the Eye' to the 15th edition in 1970. John Parsons FRS DSc MBBS FRCS (1868-1957) (pictured) was a prominent British ophthalmologist with a special interest in pathology. He published a 4 vol 'Pathology of the Eye' in 1904-8. He had an interest in colour blindness and published 'Introduction to colour vision' in 1915. See Duke Elder S. John Parsons. Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 1958; 4: 204-214. The archive holds many ediitons of this book including the first.
How Acquired: Ex Nathan Library
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note