Catalogue Number: 469
Lectures notes on ophthalmology
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: TREVOR-ROPER, Patrick D
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1960
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Oxford
Publisher/Manufacturer: Blackwell Scientific Publications
Description Of Item: Original cloth, original dust wrapper, 96 pages, 76 illustrations some in colour. Old Library stamp and catalogue sticker.
Historical Significance: This is a short student guide to some common ophthalmological condiitons by an eminent British eye surgeon. Patrick Trevor-Roper (1916 - 2004) was also a pioneer gay rights activist. He was one of the first people in the United Kingdom to "come out" as openly gay and played a leading role in the campaign to repeal the UK's anti-gay laws. In 1955 Trevor-Roper agreed to appear as a witness before the Wolfenden Committee, which had been appointed by the British government to investigate (among other things) whether male homosexuality should remain a crime. He was one of only three men who could be found to appear as openly-gay witnesses before the Committee. He is probably best known for his book 'The World Through Blunted Sight',(1970) which argues that the proportions, perspectives, and palette of many famous painters was related to eyesight conditions such as short sight, astigmatism, glaucoma, and cataract. See his obituary BMJ 2004;328:1137 (8 May), doi:10.1136/bmj.328.7448.1137.
How Acquired: Ex Nathan Library
Condition: Very good
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note