Catalogue Number: 3210
Refraction of the eye: its diagnosis and the correction of its errors with a chapter on the use of prisms
Sub-Category: Significant book (Aitken collection)
Author: MORTON Andrew Stanford
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1906
Edition: 7th edition
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: H. K. Lewis
Description Of Item: Original gold stamped wine cloth cover, 127 x 196 mm, 96 pages and 16 pages of book advertisements. 9 black and white figures in text. A folding vision test chart for near and distance visual acuity and an astigmatic fan is held in the book with an original black cord so it can be removed. On the front paste down is the booksellers label for L. Bruck of Sydney and a book label showing that the book was donated to the Wright Library by J. W. Garvin in 1976. On a blank page before the title page is a an inscription identifying a previous owner of the book as D Paul (?) Cullum and dated May 13 1910.
Historical Significance: This is an early book on refraction. The first edition was published in 1881 with a different title 'Refraction of the eye: its diagnosis and the correction of its errors with a chapter on keratoscopy'. This edition, the 7th was the last. It is significant because it includes a chapter on heterophoria and its correction with prism. All the earlier editions were published in the 19th century. With 7 editions it was clearly a book in demand in its time. Andrew Stanford Morton, MB CM Edin 1874, MRCS 1871, FRCS 1888 (1848-1927) was a prominent London ophthalmologist and ophthalmic surgeon famous for the Morton ophthalmoscope (1883) based on an invention of John Couper. It consisted of a set of lenses capable of being moved in front of the sight-hole by a geared wheel for the estimation of refraction before the days of retinoscopy. It was a very popular form of ophthalmoscope for over 40 years. Joseph Garvin was a NSW optometrist who was a President of the NSW Division of the Association and the Director of the OEP NSW from 1966 to 1975.
How Acquired: Donated by Optometry Australia (ex The Wright Library)
Date Acquired: Jan 2017
Condition: Good except some light pencil underlining
Location: Nathan Library. Aitken collection