Better sight without glasses

Catalogue Number: 94
Better sight without glasses
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: BENJAMIN, Harry
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1935
Edition: 11th edition
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: Health for All Publishing Company
Description Of Item: The book is a hard cover, original light green cloth, 185 x 120 mm with 149 pages. It covers natural treatment for a wide range of eye diseases as well as refractive errors.
Historical Significance: Benjamin was a disciple of WD Bates and follower of his methods as the appreciation on page 8 makes clear as does the preface (dated 1929). The preface describes the author's personal experience of being a 10D myope at age 5 progressing to 20D by the age of 26 with retinal haemorrhaging. He was advised to give up reading by the "great Harley Street specialist" who also said nothing could be done. He read WD Bates book and threw his glasses away and with the help of a natural diet found he could read although his distance vision "was not so good". He studied under London naturopaths and practised as a "practitioner of Natural Methods of Eye Treatment". This book is one of quite a number that espouse alternative treatments to preventing and remedying eye conditions usually under the title of Better sight without glasses or similar: See MacFadden (1901 # 429, 1925 # 1081), Bates 1920, 1944 (#98, # 250), Benjamin 1935, 1940 (#94, # 252), Hauser c1960 (#576)
How Acquired: Donated by
Condition: Good
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note

Search the archive:

Author or Inventor:
Catalogue #
Name of Donor