Catalogue Number: 60
Atlas of the external diseases of the eye including a brief treatise on the pathology and treatment (Spine title: )
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: HAAB, O
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1901
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Philadelphia
Publisher/Manufacturer: W.B. Saunders and Co
Description Of Item: It is hardcover, 182 x 120 mm, with 228 pages including the index followed by the publishers catalogue of medical books. The book has a copyright claim dated 1899 which is presumably the date of the German Edition. The spine title is Saunders Medical Hand-Atlases. External diseases of the eye. The book is described in the author's preface as an Atlas and accompanying treatise. It has 40 coloured plates most prepared by medical artist J Fink. The book has a copyright claim dated 1899 which is presumably the date of the German edition. The title page has a hand written inscription reading "CWKett FSMC DBOA FVOA 15 Lancaster Gate Hyde Park London 1921" It is marked as being part of the library of the Victorian Optical association.
Historical Significance: This book is a translation from the German by D E DeSchweinitz who was Professor of Ophthalmology in the Jeferson Medical College, Philadephia. He checked the translation and made editorial comments in brackets. Otto Haab (1850-1931) was educated in Zurich and received his doctorate there in 1875. In 1874, he was assistant to Carl Joseph Eberth (1835-1926) in pathological anatomy, in 1877 at the ophthalmological clinic under Johann Friedrich Horner (1831-1886). He was habilitated for ophthalmology in 1879 in Zurich. In 1886 Haab succeeded Horner at the University of Zurich, remaining in this position until 1919. His written work concerns a wide spectre of ophthalmological themes. He contributed in particular to the knowledge of the pathological anatomy of the eye, operative ophthalmology and in particular the treatment of lesions of the eye. He introduced the giant magnet in eye medicine. Otto Haab is also remembered for Haab's lines = horizontal breaks in Descemet membrane occurring in congenital glaucoma, Haab's eye knife, Haab's eye mirror, Haab's needle and Haab's scleral resection knife. The book is marked as being part of the VOA Library which then became part of the VCO Library when the VCO was founded in 1940. The signature on the title page is for Cyril W Kett, already a Fellow of the Victorian Optical Association (FVCO) and presumably in London having studied for his British optometry qualifications (FSMC, FBOA).
How Acquired: Donated by Victorian Optical Association
Date Acquired: 1940
Condition: Good but for library stamps and stickers
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note