Polychromatic plates for color sense examination

Catalogue Number: 1732
Polychromatic plates for color sense examination
Category: Equipment
Sub-Category: Colour Vision Test
Author: RABKIN E B
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1936
Edition: 1st Edition
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Kiev, Ukraine
Publisher/Manufacturer: State Medical Publishing Board
Description Of Item: Brown cloth cover with silver embossed title, author name and publisher on front in the Ukrainian (? Russian) language. Title page in both Ukrainian and English, 40 pages of text, 22 in the Ukrainian language and the rest an English language translation, 3 figures in text and 2 tables, followed by 20 colour plates being the Rabkin polychromatic plates for testing colour vision. Library sticker on spines. Ex-Libris sticker for J Ringland Anderson on inside front cover
Historical Significance: Rabkin was Docent and Director of the Ukrainian Professor Hirschman Memorial Central Ophthalmic Institute, He devised these colour vision test plates in 1936 with a second edition published in 1939. The test was well regarded and considered efficacious (see LEGRAND H. HARDY, GERTRUDE RAND, and M. CATHERINE RITTLER, "Tests for the Detection and Analysis of Color-Blindness. III. The Rabkin Test," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 1945; 35: 481-487). It was widely used in studies on colour vision in the 1940s and 50s but failed to overtake the Ishihara test as the preferred colour vision screening test and has ultimately sunk into obscurity. The original owner Joseph Ringland Anderson (1894-1961) was a prominent Melbourne ophthalmologist (FRCS Edinburgh 1919) who had worked with Sir John Parsons. He held appointment at the Alfred hospital and earned his MD in 1932. He wrote books on Detachment of the Retina (1931) and on Hydrophthalmia (1939) Ocular vertical deviations (1947) and Ocular Vertical Deviations and the Treatment of nystagmus (1959). The foundation chair in ophthalmology at the Universitry of Melbourne established in 1963 was named in his honour, the second appointment to which was a decendant, Hugh Ringland Taylor.
How Acquired: Donated by University of Melbourne Department of Ophthalmology
Date Acquired: Jan 2011
Condition: Very good
Location: Archive room. West wall. Unit 1 Overhead display

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