Ocular prothesis

Catalogue Number: 2295
Ocular prothesis
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: PRINCE Jack H
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1946
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Edinburgh
Publisher/Manufacturer: E and S Livingston Ltd
Description Of Item: Red cloth covers, 230 x 145 mm, 134 page, black and white illustrations throughout plus one coloured figure (Fig 33). Foreword by James Forrest MB ChB. The book begins with a chapter on the history of the development of artificial eyes from ancient times. The second chapter is on the relevant anatomy of the eye and orbit.
Historical Significance: There are not many books on ocular prothesis and this must be the first to be written. It was followed by a sequel by Prince 'Recent advances in ocular prosthesis : a companion volume to Ocular prosthesis" 1950. In the introduction to this book Prince writes that the inspiration for it came in part from patients who came to his consulting room from the Royal School for the Blind. Jack Prince FBOA FSMC FIO was an English optometrist of remarkable ability who might be better classified as an anatomist, yet is not well remembered. He wrote with Professor Gordon Ruskell of City University a classic book on of the comparative ocular anatomy of domestic animals (Anatomy and Histology of the Eye and Orbit in Domestic Animals 1960) but had earlier written Comparative anatomy of the eye (1956 Springfield, Ill. Thomas Publication). He was an editor of The Rabbit in Eye Research. Springfield: CC Thomas; 1964. He also wrote Visual development (1949) and Introduction to Aging and Pathology of the Retina (1965). PubMed lists 31 papers for him from 1947 to 1963. He visited Australia in the 1950s and wrote Flying doctors of the Australian outback. N Engl J Med. 1955 Apr 28;252(17):706-9. Earlier he had written on Migration of opticians to Australia in the Optician. Sep 26 1947; 114: 199-202. He published one paper in Aust J Optom on colour vision. (Aust J Optom. 1948 Jan 31;31(1):10.) His first paper was on ocular prothesis (Two unusual artificial eye cases. Optician. 1947 Feb 14;113(2916):27-9.). Quite a number of his papers are on clinical matters.
How Acquired: Ex Nathan Library
Date Acquired: Sep 2013
Condition: Good except for library markings and stickers
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note

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