The practice of orthoptics

Catalogue Number: 195
The practice of orthoptics
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Significant book (Aitken collection)
Author: George H GILES
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1943
Edition: 1st Edition
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: Hammond, Hammond and Co Ltd
Description Of Item: TWO COPIES: COPY 1 Original cloth, 366 pp 67 illustrations. COPY 1 Rubber stamps of Andrew Geddes Optical Pty Ltd and VCO. Located in the Archive room East wall Books of historical note. COPY 2 Identical except embossed stamp on front fly leaf for Wyoming St Sydney (located in Aitken Collection)
Historical Significance: This was a standard optometry textbook on orthoptics in the 1940s and 1950s. This book begins with an historical survey including a discussion and illustration from Bartisch's Ophthalmodouleia and an account of the work of F.C. Donders and Claude Worth. George Giles OBE FBOA FSMC DOrth (1904-1965) was a prominent figure in UK optometry and was the Secretary of the British Optical Association from 1941-1965. He was made an Honorary Life Member of the Australian College of Optometry when he visited in 1955. At various times he was Senior Examiner of the British Optical Association; Senior Staff refractionist, Senior Orthoptist and Lecturer at the London Refraction Hospital; Consultant to the Incorporated Thames Nautical Training College (HMS "Worcester"); Registrar of the Joint Council of Qualified Opticians; Technical Adviser to the London Optical Company; Honorary Secretary of the West and North West London and Middlesex Local Optical Association; Member of the General Optical Council; President of the International Optical League; a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry; a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society; Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society and an Ernest Aves Medallist. He also qualified as a barrister of Lincoln's Inn. Giles edited the Dioptric Review and The British Journal of Physiological Optics. He co-designed the Giles-Archer Colour Vision Unit and various orthoptic instruments.
How Acquired: Donated by Andrew Gaddes Optical P/L (Optometrists)
Condition: Good
Location: Nathan Library. Aitken collection

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