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Heitz’s work is preceded by an extended table of contents and ends with a complete index of names. It is fascinating reading packed with interesting new information and descriptions of experiments that finally, five hundred years later, culminated in the development of to-day’s most popular visual device: the contact lens.
The book is printed on a heavy deluxe enameled art paper, bound by hand in marine blue linen with gold embossed title on the spine and book plate. This work, in-4to format (small folio), is presented in a protective printed jacket. This first volume also contains 48 biographies of the important personalities, 207 bibliographical references (all checked!), 117 illustrations, 6 tables and 16 original text transcriptions.
This three-volume set (Volumes 1 and 2 are currently available, Volume 3 will be released in the near future) is the very first monograph ever published on this specialized subject. The author, a French ophthalmologist who founded the European Contact Lens Society, devoted 30 years exhaustively researching original sources. The final product is this work, which presents the first serious documentation of the history of contact lenses from the sixteenth century. The tale begins with the work of Leonardo da Vinci and proceeds to the disposable contact lenses of today.
Many misconceptions – some scurrilous, some ridiculous – of obscure and better-known authors are exposed by this exemplary work of scholarly research. Heitz did not merely assemble the research and ideas of others, as is often done today, but went to the original texts and monographs, discovering astonishing new, never-before-published facts.
The first volume, published in 2003, is subtitled Early Neutralizations of the Corneal Dioptric Power; the second volume, published in 2005, is subtitled Keratoconus and the Use of Early Contact Lenses (1888-1920).