A pocket atlas and text book of the fundus oculi

Catalogue Number: 136
A pocket atlas and text book of the fundus oculi
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Significant book (Aitken collection)
Author: JOHNSON G Lindsay
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1911
Edition: 1st Edition
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: Adlard and Son Bartholomew Press
Description Of Item: The book has a hardcover case in dark green cloth with fold-in flap. 205 pp, 54 black and white figures in text, 27 colour plates, old rubber stamp on front fly leaf identifying it as from the Melbourne optometry practice of Wood & Co. Enclosed within folders at the back is a booklet 'Ophthalmic Note and Drawing book' by AW Head included for students to make practice sketches of retinal diseases. Also includes black & red pencil for sketching.
Historical Significance: G L Johnson MA BC MDCam FRCS Eng (1853 - 1944) was born in the UK but was mostly educated in Germany. He spent a year in Australila where he had relatives and then studied medicine and ophthalmology in the UK. Dr. Johnson is best known for monographs on mammalian eyes and on those of reptiles and amphibia. For these contributions he received the honorary fellowships of the Berlin and Italian societies. He was also elected a honorary fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology. He was a fellow of the Royal Photographic Societyl. He was for ten years an examiner in theoretic and applied optics to the S. M. C, of London, and ophthalmic surgeon to the Western General Hospital Dispensary, for twenty years. Among his many works are: "Treatise on Glaucoma," "Photographic Optics and Colour Photography," "Photography in Natural Colours" (4 editions), "Pocket Atlas and Textbook on the Fundus Oculi" (2 editions)."Observations on European Leprosy," "Ophthalmology of the Mammalia" (1901), "Ophthalmology of Reptilia and Amphibia" (1942) and "Trachoma." He was also the inventor of various ophthalmic instruments. He made a thorough scientific investigation of what are known as occult phenomena connected with the subconscious mind of man and gathered and sifted all available information relating to survival after death and the communication between the departed in the etheric world and persons on earth. He embodied his researches on this subject in a large volume, illustrated by photographs (The Great Problem, London, Rider, Rider & Co., 1935). The archive holds two copies of the first edition of 1911 [Cat no 70 and 136] and one of the second (Cat No 1704)
How Acquired: Not known
Condition: Very good
Location: Nathan Library. Aitken collection

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