Seeing is believing

Catalogue Number: 1750
Seeing is believing
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Hewett collection
Author: BALDERSTONE Simon (with contributions from Michael JOHNSON and Ray MARTIN)
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1994
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Publisher/Manufacturer: McGregor Publishers
Description Of Item: Soft pictorial covers with a photograph of Fred Hollows on front, 96 pages and numerous fine black and white photographs by Michael Amendolia.
Historical Significance: This book was published for promotion of the Fred Hollows Foundation and to raise funds for its work. Frederick Cossom (Fred) Hollows, AO (1985) AC (1991) BA MBBA FRACO (1929-1993) was an ophthalmologist widely known for his work in restoring eyesight for aboriginal people in Australia and in developing countries.The eponymously named Foundation was established in 1992 shortly before his death, largely on the initiative of his wife, Gabi. Hollows was born in New Zealand, the son of truck driver, and studied medicine at the Otago Medical School. He was rough diamond, whose speech and autobiography were filled with expletives. He was once an active member of the Communist Party of NZ. He studied ophthalmology in Wales, UK, and came to Australia in 1965 as Associate Professor of ophthalmology at the University of NSW. He was appointed specifically to teach optometry students diseases of the eye to break an impass with the Royal Australian College of Ophthalmologists, who boycotted such teaching to prevent optometrists being able to use diagnostic drugs. He reneged on that committment and despite early support for optometry, became a hostile opponent.In the 1970s, Hollows visited isolated NSW towns, stations and Aboriginal communities and became especially concerned with the high number of Aborigines who had eye disorders. In 1971, he set up the Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern in Sydney, and was subsequently responsible for the establishment of medical services for Aboriginal People throughout Australia. Hollows himself spent three years visiting Aboriginal communities to provide eye care and carry out a survey of eye defects. He also worked to provide medical and surgical eye care in Eritrea. He established intraocular lens laboratories in Eritrea and Nepa. See his autobiograghy Cat No 613 and corespondence at Cat No 1560.
How Acquired: Donated by University of Melbourne Department of Ophthalmology
Date Acquired: Jan 2011
Condition: Fine
Location: Nathan Library. Hewett collection

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