Diseases of the eye

Catalogue Number: 2846
Diseases of the eye
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: PARSONS John Herbert (Revised with the assistance of H. B. Stallard MA MD FRCS)
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1944
Edition: 10th edition
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: J and A Churchill Ltd
Description Of Item: Original wine coloured cloth, 210 x 145 mm, 726 pages and adverts, 21 plates and 372 text figures. Rubber stamp and pencil inscription for William Cooper in preliminaries. Front fly leaf excised.
Historical Significance: This was the standard text for Melbourne optometry students in the 1950s. It was first published as 'Diseases of the eye a manual for students and practitioners' in 1907, (See Cat No 616) became 'Diseases of the Eye' and went to a 10th edition in 1944 (when Parsons was 76 years of age), after which authorship went to Duke Elder and later SJH Miller. It continued for many years as 'Parsons' Diseases of the Eye' by other authors, the last in the Museum's collection being the 15th edition 1970 (Cat No. 693) authored by Sir Stewart Duke Elder. Miller authored the 17th, 18th and 19th editions published in 1984, 1996 and 2002. John Parsons FRS (1868-1957) was a prominent British ophthalmologist with a special interest in pathology. He published a 4 volume 'Pathology of the Eye' in 1904-8. He also had an interest in colour blindness and published 'Introduction to colour vision' in 1915. See Duke Elder S. John Parsons. Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 1958; 4: 204-214
How Acquired: Donated by Estate of William Cooper, via Peter Lewis
Date Acquired: Mar 2016
Condition: Fair
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note

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