Catalogue Number: 2250
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: DOBSON Margaret Bernard
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1942
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: H. K. Lewis & Co Ltd
Description Of Item: Original claret gold-stamped cloth cover, 96 pages, frontispiece plate of the Dobson dynamic retinoscope and fixation target, 19 diagrams in text and an index. Blind stamp for E. Wood & C P/L Opticians Melbourne on front fly leaf.
Historical Significance: The Museum has other books by Dobson Cat Nos. 547, 548, 881. This book discusses binocular vision, convergence, duction, heterophoria and also has chapters on refractive technique, retinoscopy and presbyopia. Margaret Dobson was medically qualified and an early proponent of non-surgical treatment of squint. See for example Margaret Dobson 'Notes on the non-operative treatment of squint 'Trans. Opt. Soc. 1923 ; 24: 101-102 and her books 'The amblyopia reader : a system of eye-sight development' 1935; 'Simple aids for the cure of very young squinters'1950; 'Dynamic retinoscopy' 1931; 'Anaglyphs : (their use in orthoptic training)' 1937. She is described on the title page as 'Ophthalmic surgeon to the Sussex Hospitial for Women and Children Brighton and Oculist in Charge of the Kilburn LCC Eye Clinic. See also cat No 548. This is a second copy held by the Kett Museum. See Cat No 547 for the other copy, which is now held in the Aitken collection. This book was published in the early days of orthopyc treatment and the emergence of orthoptists.
How Acquired: Donated by Ross Harris, honorary life member of the College
Date Acquired: July 2012
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note