Catalogue Number: 83
Diseases of the eye: a handbook of ophthalmic practice for students and practitioners
Sub-Category: Significant book (Aitken collection)
Author: DE SCHWEINITZ, George E
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1924
Edition: 10th Edition
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Philadelphia
Publisher/Manufacturer: W.B. Saunders Company
Description Of Item: Original plum cloth, 235x 50 mm with 865 pages including the index. It has 21 chapters, 434 illustrations, 7 in colour. The 10th edition includes for the first time "the diaphram lamp (Gullstrand), contact illumination, sunlight as a source in ophthalmoscopy, red-free ophthalmoscopy, extraction of cataract by suction, an extensive account of slit lamp bio-microscopy reflecting the new literature on this subject.
Historical Significance: George De Schweinitz AB MD (1858 - 1938) was a prominent USA ophthalmologist who held several appointments as professor of ophthalmology, the last two being at Jefferson Medical College (1892 - 1902) and subsquently the Philadephia Polyclinic and College for Graduates in Medicine. See his obit Trans Am Ophthalmol Soc. 1939; 37: 14.2-21. This book is his main claim to fame other than his standing as an ophthalmologist and teacher. The first edition of this book was published 1892 and this edition was its last. Edward Jackson (1856-42) wrote the Chapter on skiascopy (retinoscopy) in this edition. Jackson, from Denver, published on retinoscopy in 1885 and 1895 and popularised the X cylinder test. He advocated full and proper correction of ametropia, which earlier had not been favoured.
How Acquired: Not known
Condition: Good (old library stamps and markings)
Location: Nathan Library. Aitken collection