On the pathology and treatment of glaucoma

Catalogue Number: 3610
On the pathology and treatment of glaucoma
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Significant book (Aitken collection)
Author: SMITH Priestley
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1891
Time Period: 19th C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London, UK
Publisher/Manufacturer: J and A Churchill
Description Of Item: Dark navy cloth covers, 200 x 165 mm, 198 pages, 64 illustrations by author and 12 photo-zincographs. Inscribed on the front fly leaf is 'to Prof L de Wecker / with the author's compliments'
Historical Significance: Priestley Smith LLD, FRCS, (1845-1933) was a highly regarded ophthalmologist. He was born in Birmingham and was given the name Priestley after the preacher Joseph Priestley (also the discoverer of oxygen), who was driven to the United States when the Birmingham mob burnt his house. Priestley Smith was apprenticed at age 17 to a mechanical engineer. an experience that influenced his life's work in ophthalmology. He entered Queen's Hospital in 1867, where he acted as dresser to Sampson Gamgee. Whilst still a student he volunteered for service during the Franco-German war in 1870 as a dresser. He returned to England and became a student at the London Hospital and acted as clinical assistant at Moorfields. As soon as he had received the diploma of MRCS he was appointed house surgeon to the Birmingham and Midland Eye Hospital and in 1874 was elected ophthalmic surgeon to Queen's Hospital, Birmingham. In 1895 he became lecturer in ophthalmology to the Faculty of Medicine in Birmingham, and in 1900 was appointed professor. He retired in 1916 and was awarded the honorary degree of LLD and the title of emeritus professor of ophthalmology. Priestley Smith was known throughout the world for his studies in glaucoma. He was awarded the Jackson Prize for an essay on Glaucoma in 1879. He was an accomplished surgeon and the inventor of a perimeter and a tonometer. This book records the state of knowledge about glaucoma at the end of the 19th century. It is a revised version of the Erasmus Wilson Lectures delivered at the Royal College of Surgeons in March 1889.(Louis de Wecker, 1832 -1906, was a noted French ophthalmologist and author of a number of works on ophthalmology. In this book he is quoted on page 147 as one of the earliest advocates of the retention theory of glaucoma)
How Acquired: Donated by Michael Aitken, honorary archivist
Date Acquired: June 2018
Condition: Very good. Slight fraying at top of spine
Location: Nathan Library. Aitken collection

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