Antibiotics and sulphonamides in ophthalmology

Catalogue Number: 2678
Antibiotics and sulphonamides in ophthalmology
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: SORSBY Arnold, UNGAR Joseph
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1960
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: Oxford University Press
Description Of Item: Paperback, colour printed cover, 117 pages, 17 Tables, 4 black and white figures in text. Signature of former owner Geoffrey Serpell, prominent Melbourne ophthalmologist, on front fly leaf. Also enclosed original Angus and Robertson Ltd Bookseller approval slip date 25/8/1960
Historical Significance: Arthur Sorsby was a prominent English ophthalmologist and the author of numerous books and reports, of which the Kett Museum holds ten. His special interest was medical genetics. This book was written at the beginning of the new era of pharmacological medicine. The preface states that some 25 years have passed since the discovery of prontosil rubrum as an agent against streptococcal infection and notes that even at the time of writing this book that 'Today chemotherapy is still an unfulfilled promise' even though penicillin had been discovered in 1928 but did not come into use as a treatment of infection until about 1942. There is a chapter on penicillin in the book. Historically this book provides an insight on the use of antibiotics in the middle of the 20th century in the practice of ophthalmology.
How Acquired: Donated by Pamela Sutton, honorary archivist
Date Acquired: July 2015
Condition: Very good
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note

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