Catalogue Number: 190
The causes and prevention of blindness
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: FUCHS Ernst Hofrat
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1885
Time Period: 19th C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: Bailliere Tindall and Cox
Description Of Item: Original cloth cover, 247 pp and book advertisements. Folding chart showing incidence of blindness at page 270. Translated from the French by RE Dudgeon.
Historical Significance: The book emphasises that much blindness at the time was caused through ignorance and neglect and that attention to many obvious practical measures could be expected to aid prevention. Dr Ernst Fuchs (1851-1930) was Professor of Ophthalmology in the University of Vienna. He was very good at the microscope, and he sketched and described numerous syndromes which still bear his name. Fuchs' Dystrophy is one. In 1889 he wrote the Textbook of Ophthalmology, a definitive and widely used work, which went to many editions. See Cat Nos 67, 191, 190 and 1065.
How Acquired: Donated by Mrs M Padman, widow of Eric Padman, Tasmanian optometrist
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note