Catalogue Number: 67
Text-book of ophthalmology (spine title: Fuch's Text book of ophthalmology Duane)
Sub-Category: Significant book (Aitken collection)
Author: FUCHS, Ernst (Translator Alexander DUANE)
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1911
Edition: 4th edition
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Philadelphia
Publisher/Manufacturer: JB Lippincott Company
Description Of Item: The book is an authorised translation from the 12th German edition. The book is a large one in original brown cloth, 240 x 160 mm with 989 pages including an index and 441 illustrations. It is a comprehensive text with chapters on the physiology of the eye, general pathology and therapeutics, examination methods and separate chapters for the diseases of each eye structure. One section of 6 chapters is devoted to refractive errors and accommodation and one section of 3 chapters deals with surgical operations.
Historical Significance: Dr Ernst Fuchs (1851-1930) was Professor of Ophthalmology in the University of Vienna. He was the son of an ophthalmologist and headed the Second Clinic of Ophthalmology at the University of Vienna from 1885-1915. During those years, ophthalmologists from around the world travelled to Vienna to learn from the man considered the master of their profession. Fuchs' extensive clinical studies and histopathologic observations provided the first descriptions and definitions of many conditions and diseases of the eye, including Fuchs' dystrophy and more than a dozen others which still bear his name. His Textbook of Ophthalmology, first published in 1889, was regarded as the 'bible of ophthalmology' for more than 50 years. Decades after Fuchs' death, ophthalmologists around the world still relied on this definitive text. Ernst Fuchs was famed for his teaching abilities throughout his career but especially during the last 15 years of his life, which he spent travelilng to teach and visit his pupils around the world. Dr Alexander Duane, a surgeon at the Ophthalmic and Aural Institute, NY, was the translator but he also made numerous additions to the English language editions which are either enclosed in brackets or signed with the initial D.
How Acquired: Not known
Location: Nathan Library. Aitken collection