Refraction and how to refract

Catalogue Number: 3275
Refraction and how to refract
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Significant book (Aitken collection)
Author: THORINGTON, James
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1900
Edition: 1st Edition
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Philadelphia
Publisher/Manufacturer: P Blakiston's son and Co
Description Of Item: Original blue cloth covers, 310 x 145 mm, 301 pages plus 24 pages of book advertisements, 200 figures in text (including 13 in colour). Rubber stamp for E. Wood Optician Equitable Buildings. 96 Elizabeth Street Melbourne on front fly leaf and signature of W Wood on half title page.
Historical Significance: James Munroe Thorington M.D. (1858-1944) was a prolific writer of early text books on refraction, retinoscopy and ophthalmoscopy of which this one. He was adjunct Professor of Diseases of the Eye in the Philadelphia Polyclinic and College for Graduates in Medicine; Assistant Surgeon to Will's Eye Hospital; Ophthalmologist to the Elwyn and Vineland Training School for Feeble-minded Children; Ophthalmologist to the M.E. Orphanage; Lecturer in the Philadelphia Manual Training Schools, 1896-97 on the Anatomy, Physiology and care of the Eyes; Resident Physician and Surgeon Panama railroad Co at Colon ( Aspinwall ), Isthmus of Panama 1882-1889 etc. See his obit JAMA Ophthalmology Dec 1944; 32(6): 511-512. The Museum holds three copies of his early (1900) book on methods of refraction (Cat nos. 59, 1312, 3275, two published in Philadelphia and one in London). The Museum also holds his books on retinoscopy (Cat nos 1175 6th edition 1912 , 2249 5th edition 1907) and ophthalmoscopy (Cat nos 336 1st edition 1906 as well as his books on refraction of the human eye and methods of refraction (Cat nos 73 1st edition 1916, 335 2nd edition 1930, 814 3rd edition 1939
How Acquired: Donated by Optometry Australia (Wright Library)
Date Acquired: Jan 2017
Condition: Very good
Location: Nathan Library. Aitken collection

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