Catalogue Number: 507
Contact lens practice: basic and advanced
Sub-Category: Significant book (Aitken collection)
Author: MANDELL Robert E
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1965
Edition: 1st Edition
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Springfield, Illinois
Publisher/Manufacturer: Charles C Thomas
Description Of Item: Original light blue cloth, original dust-wrapper, 471 pages, numerous photographs and diagrams in text. Name of a Christchurch NZ practitioner in front fly leaf (illegible).
Historical Significance: Few optometrists prescribed contact lenses prior to 1960 since the lenses were glass or plastic scleral lenses fitted from a trail set or by moudling the eye. In Victoria, Ernst Goetz, William Swinnerton and John Strachan were the pioneer specialist contact lens practitioners in the 1950s. Penhyn Thomas and Lloyd Hewett were the pioneers in NSW. The advent of the micro-corneal PMMA lens opened contact lens prescribing to mainstream general practice. This book is one of the first contact lens text books of the new era. H. Stanley Thompson MD and Donald L. Blanchard MD list this book in their 100 most important ophthalmology books of the 20th C. see http://webeye.ophth.uiowa.edu/dept/20thcenturybooks/100Books. Robert Mandell OD PhD who was an academic in the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of California Berkeley from the 1970s to the beginning of the 21st C. He is ranked in Review of Optometry on the basis of a reader survey as one of the most influential optometrists (see www.revoptom.com/archive/issue/ro1299f3.htm) probably because of this book. Dr. Mandell says his most important contribution was developing the first electronic recording pachometer and, with optometrists Irving Fatt and Kenneth Polse, using pachometry to determine the oxygen requirements of contact lens wearers. Dr. Mandell has designed several contact lenses, including the first monocentric, one-piece bifocal. This is an early text book on contact lenses. but see also Obrig 1942 (# 95), Anderson 1944 (#575), Dickinson 1946 (#176), Bier 1953 (#494), Mandell 1965 (# 507, Thomas 1960? (#558), .
How Acquired: Purchased by Kett Museum A$30
Date Acquired: Dec 2007
Location: Nathan Library. Aitken collection