Catalogue Number: 587
Physiology of the eye
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: DAVSON Hugh
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1980
Edition: 4th Edition
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Edinburgh
Publisher/Manufacturer: Chuchill Livingston
Description Of Item: Original brown cloth, 644 pages, black and white photographs and diagrams throughout. Small bookplate on front pastedown reads 'Donated to the University of Melbourne Department of Ophthalmology 14 November 1995 in loving memory of Dr Judy Silberberg'.
Historical Significance: Davson (1909-1996) was a distinguished English physiologist For a short period before World War II, he was taken on by Sir Stewart Duke-Elder to work on ophthalmological problems, and he continued to work on the eye until the outbreak of the war, which found him in Canada. He soon returned to England, and after the war rejoined Duke-Elder at University College for a few years where they assembled the nucleus of a research group that moved to the Institute of Ophthalmology in 1948. Before long they came into conflict, and Davson left the Institute, and experimental ophthalmology, in 1951. Later, however, in his System of Ophthalmology Duke-Elder recognized Davson's contributions by including his photograph and biography as an introduction to one of the chapters. Davson returned to University College to commence a long and distinguished career of research into nature of the blood?brain barrier, which he demonstrated to be virtually identical with the barrier between the blood and retina. His expertise in the physiology of the eye is revealed in this book which was first published in 1949 and ran to five editions, the last in 1989. He was also editor of the monumental and authorative series of volumes The Eye (see Cat # 586. 588, 589). He was co-founder in 1961 of the journal Experimental Eye Research and its co-editor untill 1982.
How Acquired: Donated by Dr Alan Isaacs, honorary life member of the College
Date Acquired: Feb 2011
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note