From the Blurb;
"DURING his boyhood ALDOUS HUXLEY was for 18 months blind, and although he partially recovered he had always to rely on the aid of powerful glasses. In 1939 his sight threatened complete failure. It was at this juncture that he heard of the Dr. W. H. Bates method of visual re-education and of a teacher who was conspicuously successful in using the method. Within two months he was reading without spectacles and without strain or fatigue, and now his vision is twice as good as it was when he wore spectacles, and before he had learned the "art of seeing".
In this book, which is at once practical and theoretical, he sets forth in detail the various exercises which comprise Bates technique and through which his cure was effected ; he gives rules for reading and looking at the cinema and he discusses problems of artificial lighting. But before doing so, he describes in lucid terms the physiological process of seeing and how it is often thrown out of balance by psychological states such as fear, boredom or over-anxiety. He thus reveals how the Bates Method is logically evolved from well-established theoretical principles.
This is a layman`s book - one to interest, and give hope to, not only those like Huxley, whose sight had always been defective, but that far larger number who with advancing age find it necessary to wear spectacles. It is also a challenging book, for the he charges the orthodox ophthalmologist - with paying attention exclusively to the eyes and not to the mind, which makes use if the eyes to see with ; and with perpetuating defects by supplying artificial crutches in the shape of lenses instead of discovering the causes of such defects and helping Nature to effect her own healing. In short, he charges the orthodox with prejudice against new methods which, through they may have attracted a few charlatans, are none the less being employed by reputable teachers with indisputable success in many countries."
Very good pages with some edge-wear. Does have a small inscription in the front flyleaf.