A New Beginning in Sight
Consultant eye surgeon, Eric Arnott, was one of the original pioneers of small-incision surgery. He was the first to perform modern Phaco surgery in Europe and designed lens implants that have restored the sight to millions of patients. The word autobiography is simply insufficient to describe this book, which is a remarkable testament to the life, works and marriage of a remarkable man.
The book details the original invention of the lens implant by Harold Ridley, who Eric worked with in his early years of medical training. It goes on to follow the development of small-incision Phaco surgery, instigated by Charlie Kelman, and the disinterest and contempt held by the peers of these ophthalmologic pioneers. The author describes every advance in this field of ophthalmology in fascinating detail. The importance to Eric of religion, spirituality, family life and helping others less fortunate than himself is reinforced in this enthralling and at times very amusing read. Arnott draws you into his narrative, rousing thoughts of disbelief as you are compelled to continue reading, each new chapter and event in his life proving as fascinating as the last.
Entertaining and illuminating, A New Beginning in Sight provides a detailed history of ophthalmology and is essential reading for ophthalmologists, other specialists and non-specialists alike.
Foreword by Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Part One: Creatures of Circumstance
Part Two: Into the Unknown
Part Three: The Dancing Years of Spring
Part Four: The Way Ahead
Part Five: Into the New World
Part Six: A Time to Practise
Part Seven: Random Harvest
Part Eight: The Final Stretch
Part Nine: Journey's End
Most ophthalmologists in the UK and the USA will wish to read this book, if only to confirm that they have been mentioned. This reviewer was impressed by the author's perfect recall after many years, of every person he met and their conversations.
Medical Sciences History
I would recommend this book to all ophthalmologists.
Dr Peter Rush
A visionary work on cataracts.
Dr Tom Stuttaford, The Times