Catalogue Number: 78
A manual of the diseases of the eye
Sub-Category: Significant book (Aitken collection)
Author: MAY Charles H, WORTH Claud Alley
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1920
Edition: 4 th edition
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: Bailliere, Tindall and Cox
Description Of Item: The book is hard cover, orig. green cloth, 200 x 130 mm, with 444 pages including an index. It is the 4th ed, (1920 reprinting) the 1st ed being published in 1906. The book was written as "a concise, practical and systematic manual of the diseases of the eye intended for the student and the general practitioner of medicine". It follows 4 editions of May's "Manual of Diseases of the Eye" first published in 1900. There are 33 chapters including chapters on optics and errors of refraction. SH Browning, a bacteriologist, wrote Ch 31 on the use of vaccines in ophthalmology which first appeared in the 3rd edition. CD Marshall wrote the chapter on colour vision. There is a chapter on the visual requirements for British and Indian Public Services.
Historical Significance: Charles H May (1861-1943) a prominent USA ophthalmologist and chief of the Eye Clinic at Columbia University NY). Worth was an English ophthalmologist (1869-1936) who clarified the nature of squint. He started the first orthoptic clinic at Moorfields and wrote a classic book on squint in 1903. The book is an excellent source of the state of knowledge and practices in ophthalmology in the UK and the USA in the early 1900s.
How Acquired: Donated by Estate of Ida Ghent, Victorian optometrist
Location: Nathan Library. Aitken collection