“The Eyes Have It”
“The Eyes Have It” is an exhibition of images from The Art of Medical Illustration. The 24 illustrations of the human or rabbit eye were primarily drawn by Richmond freelance medical illustrator Dorothy Booth (1907–1994). Booth collaborated with Dr. L. Benjamin Sheppard, a Richmond ophthalmologist, to illustrate his research on the anatomical and physiological aspects of eye disease. Most of the illustrations date from the 1950s. Booth’s illustrations are part of the papers of L. Benjamin Sheppard, housed in Special Collections and Archives at Tompkins McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, 509 North 12th Street, Richmond, Va. 23298
Showing: Aug. 29-Sept. 15
The images featured on The Cabell Screen are part of a trio of exhibits about ophthalmology at Tompkins-McCaw Library that highlights medical illustration, vision testing and cataract surgery.
- Featured in the first-floor gallery is The Art of Medical Illustration.
- Also on the first floor, two cases in the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room are devoted to ophthalmoscopy and surgery. The exhibit includes the fine knives used for cataract surgery, an ocular speculum, a tonometer and two antique stereoscopes.
- The library’s second floor exhibit showcases various vision-testing devices widely used in the first half of the 20th century. An interactive component to the exhibit allows visitors to test for colorblindness and general visual acuity.
The exhibits are free and open to the public during all normal library hours. Parking is available for a fee in the 8th Street parking deck. If special accommodations are needed, please contact Thelma Mack, research and education coordinator, at (804) 828-0017.
Image: by Dorothy Booth (1907–1994)