Refraction of the eye. A manual for students

Catalogue Number: 58
Refraction of the eye. A manual for students
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: HARTRIDGE, Gustavus
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1900
Edition: 10 th edition
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: J and A Churchill
Description Of Item: The book is hardcover, original cloth, 190 x 125 mm, with 269 pages including an index, followed by a publisher's catalogue. It has 105 illustrations. It covers optics, refraction of the eye, accommodation, convergence, methods of refraction, ophthalmoscopy, retinoscopy, hypermetropia, aphakia, myopia, astigmatism, anisometropia, presbyopia, strabismus, asthenopia and spectacles. This is the 10th edition: the first edition was published in 1884. Book stamp of former owner on front fly leaf for E J H MacFarlane, a Melbourne optometrist.
Historical Significance: Gustavus Hartridge (1849-1923) was a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and surgeon to a number of London hospitals. This book was written to help (medical?) students diagnose refractive errors and prescribe glasses. Gustavus Hartridge also wrote 'The ophthalmoscope: a manual for students' 1919 . He was a prominent ophthalmic surgeon in London. He is to be distinguished from Hamilton Hartridge FRS (1886-1976), a famous eye physiologist, but the two are related. Gustavus was Hamilton Hartridge's father's cousin and is said to have encouraged Hamilton's interest in the eye. This book was first published in 1884 and ran for many editions the last being the 16th ed 1919
How Acquired: Donated by
Condition: Good
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note

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