Catalogue Number: 92
The prescribing of spectacles
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: PERCIVAL, Archibald Stanley
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1928
Edition: 3rd edition
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Bristol
Publisher/Manufacturer: John Wright and Sons Ltd
Description Of Item: The book is hard cover, original olive cloth, 190 x 125 mm and is 239 pages including an index. It covers accommodation, refraction and deviations of the ocular muscles. There are two pages of "notanda" which set out 13 clinical rules. There is a section on frame fitting ("although this is the business of the optician, it is as well the ophthalmic surgeon should know something about the subject") There is a long section on the optics of lenses and the eye, and appendix of eye sight standards for the defence forces and the merchant marine and one setting out optical formulae. It has 47 illustrations.
Historical Significance: Percival (1862 - 1935) held the degrees of MA, MB BCh from Cambridge qualifying in medicine in 1888 and then specialising in ophthalmology. He was senior surgeon in the Northumberland and Durham Eye Infirmary. He has a perchant for optics and published a book on optics as well as this one. He is the author of other books on mathematics. The first edition was published in 1910 when Percival lived in Newcastle on Tyne. He was living in Woking when he prepared this third edition. He draws on the work of Gullstrand and Tscherning and was in correspondence with Duane and Tscherning. See his obit BMJ 1935.
How Acquired: Donated by Victorian Optical Association
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note