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W. BatesAs an attending physician in various hospitals in New York, Dr. Bates noticed that the quality of many of his patients' eyesight would vary throughout the day and in a few cases would even completely regain normal vision spontaneously. This led him to the conclusion that the conventional theory of eyesight and its problems must be, at the very least, seriously flawed. He developed the theory that all eyesight problems were caused by mental strain and created a system of techniques which guided people back into a more normal and healthy way of using their eyes. Many times people under his guidance were able to bring about a complete reversal of symptoms of poor sight.

Despite being humiliated and expelled from the Post Graduate Hospital and Medical school for his methods in 1891, Dr. Bates went on to develop a simple, working system to improve children's vision throughout New York schools, only to have the Education Board reject it as it was contrary to the teachings of the last hundred years. He refused to give up and in 1919 published his methods in full in his book "The Cure of Imperfect Sight Without Glasses". He spent the last years of his life helping hundreds of people to cure their vision problems in his own clinic.

His personal life was no less remarkable. He married four times, was a champion tennis player and marathon runner, and most incredibly of all whilst married to his third wife, he inexplicably disappeared. His wife found him 6 weeks later in an exhausted state in London, with no recollection of recent events. After two days rest he disappeared again, this time for 9 years. Tragically, this time his wife never found him and died searching in vain.

Dr. William H. Bates is a dramatic and compelling tale of an extraordinary man who was before his time and whose controversial theories are still practised worldwide today with remarkable results.

"The fact is that, except in rare cases, man is not a reasoning being. He is dominated by authority, and when the facts are not in accord with the view imposed by authority, so much the worse for the facts… in the meantime the world gropes needlessly in darkness and endures much suffering that might have been avoided". Dr. William H. Bates, 1919.

History

W. Bates

William Horatio Bates (December 23, 1860 – July 10, 1931) was an American physician who practiced ophthalmology and developed what became known as the Bates Method for better eyesight.

Bates graduated A.B. from Cornell University in 1881 and received his medical degree at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1885. He formulated a theory about vision health, and published the book "Perfect Sight Without Glasses" in 1920, Perfect Sightand the magazine "Better Eyesight" from 1919 to 1930. Parts of Bates' approach to correcting vision disorders were based on psychological principles, which were contrary to many of the medical theories of the time and remain so.

He discovered the astringent and haemostatic properties of adrenaline and its value in medicine, especially in surgeries.

"Perfect Sight Without Glasses" is available to read here at WikiSource.

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