The practice of refraction

Catalogue Number: 179
The practice of refraction
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Significant book (Aitken collection)
Author: Duke-Elder, W Stewart
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1928
Edition: 1st Edition
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: J and A Chuchill
Description Of Item: 410 pp, plus book advertisments, 208 illustrations. TWO COPIES Copy 2 has the signature of Ida E Ghent (early Victorian woman Optometrist) on front paste-down. This copy is located in Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note
Historical Significance: This is the 1st edition of perhaps the earliest text book by the greatest 20th C ophthalmological author. The book sets out basic information for the clinical practice of refraction, with chapters on refractive errors, accommodation anomalies and oculo-motor imbalance, routine testing and the dispensing of glasses. Sir Stewart Duke-Elder(1899-1978), a Scot, was a prolific writer and editor, producing seven volumes of Textbook of Ophthalmology (1932-1954 )and fifteen volumes of System of Ophthalmology (1858-1976) , along with many other textbooks and scientific papers. He served for many years as editor of Brit J Ophthal and Ophthal Lit and was involved in the formation of the Institute of Ophthalmology in London. He was elected FRS and he was knighted in 1933. He was Surgeon-Oculist to King Edward VIII, George V and Queen Elizabeth II.
Condition: Both copies very good
Location: Nathan Library. Aitken collection

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