General ophthalmology

Catalogue Number: 2824
General ophthalmology
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: VAUGHAN Daniel, COOK Robert, ASBURY Taylor
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1968
Edition: 5th Edition
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Los Altos, Cal, USA
Publisher/Manufacturer: Lance Medical Publications
Description Of Item: Original yellow coloured printed card cover, 252 x 180 mm, 316 pages, black and white illustrated throughout. Rubber stamp for previous owner, William A Cooper, on inside front cover and front fly leaf.
Historical Significance: This book was first published in 1958 and had editions in 1960, 1965 and 1968 to the 18th edition with different authors in 2011. It was much used by optometry students and is listed in ':one hundred important ophthalmology books of the 20th century compiled by H. Stanley Thompson MD and Donald L. Blanchard MD. In the 1960s it challenged Charles May's Manual of Diseases of the Eye and soon took over as the most popular summary of ophthalmology for medical students and general practitioners. It was translated into several languages and has served many doctors as an introduction to modern ophthalmology. It offers just what the general medical practitioner needs to know about ophthalmology: a basic understanding of the problem and a sense of when to refer the patient to a specialist. Daniel G. Vaughan of Monte Sereno USA (1921-2000) died on April 10, of a stroke during his battle with cancer. He graduated from the University of Oregon Medical School and served as a medical officer in the First Marine Division in China in World War 2 from 1946 to 1947. He then completed a residency in ophthalmology at the University of California, San Francisco and opened a private practice in San Jose. During his long career, he served as a clinical professor of ophthalmology at UCSF and co-authored General Ophthalmology, a manual that is considered the "bible" of ophthalmology for most American medical students and physicians, and has been translated into five languages.
How Acquired: Donated by Estate of William Cooper, via Peter Lewis
Date Acquired: Mar 2016
Condition: Good
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note

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