Catalogue Number: 599
A scientific method of fitting contact lenses
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: SALVATORI Philip L
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1947
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: New York?
Publisher/Manufacturer: Self published?
Description Of Item: Original black cloth cover, xx preliminaries, 170 pages with 88 illustrations in text. Pencilled ownership signature of Dr KF Schumaker (Chicago ophthalmologist) on front fly leaf and enclosed original invoice for the book from Obrig Laboratories.
Historical Significance: This is early book on contact lens fitting concentrating on PMMA scleral lenses and moulding techniques. See cat # 95, 176, 494, 507, 558. 575, 581, 583, 585 and 591 for other early contact lens books. Theodore Obrig and Philip Salvatori formed Obrig Laboratories in New York in 1938. During the 1840s and early 1950s their books were the best source of informaiton on contact lenses. They wrote the third edition of Obrig's 'Contact Lenses' as joint authors in 1957. Salvatori received the Dallos medal from the Contact Lens manufacturers Association in 1974. Salvatori served in the US Army Medical Department as a surgical assistant and in the US Navy as a pharmacist's mate. He had a short spell as professional boxer, studied for two years in Rome and spent two years at the New York Business School. He then had a brief period as secretary to an ophthalmologist before becoming an ophthalmic dispenser and setting up his own firm in New York. In 1935 Salvatori became founder and first President of the Society of Dispensing Opticians USA.
How Acquired: Purchased by Kett Museum
Date Acquired: Feb 2008
Condition: Very good
Location: Nathan Library. Aitken collection