A pocket atlas and textbook of the fundus oculi

Catalogue Number: 70
A pocket atlas and textbook of the fundus oculi
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
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: Hardcover case in dark green cloth with fold-in flap, 175 x 115 mm, with 205 pages of text including an index. Each plate has a text explanation. The first chapter is a quite detailed account of ophthalmoscopy by various methods, dealing with magnification and field of view as well as retinal photography (see Fig 21 for Professor Dimmers's retinal camera). The chapter also deals with refraction methods. This is followed by Chapters on anatomy, the normal fundus, the optic nerve, glaucoma, the retina and the vitreous and choroid. There are 55 coloured plates following the text and inside the back cover is an ophthalmic drawing book complete with pencil. Originally owned by Arthur W Jones (Melbourne optometrist ?) A second copy is cat No 136 held in the Aitken Collection
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 Australia 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 elected a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. 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 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: Fair Spine repaired
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note

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