“In the whole history of medicine there is no more beautiful episode than the invention of the ophthalmoscope, and physiology has few greater triumphs.” So wrote Edward Greely Loring (1837-1888) on the first page of his Textbook of Ophthalmology (New York, 1886). Loring also designed several ophthalmoscopes with small lenses on the edge of a disc, such that rotation would bring up the lens best suited to the eye under examination. The “H. W. HUNTER, NEW YORK” inscription on the ivory handle of this example refers to Hugh W. Hunter, an instrument maker who worked with Loring.

Ref: Edward G. Loring, “Determination of the Optical Condition of the Eye,” American Journal of the Medical Sciences 118 (1870): 323-348.

Ed. G. Loring, “A New Modification of the Ophthalmoscope,” American Journal of the Medical Sciences 67 (1874): 133-135.

Maker: Hunter, Hugh W.

Location: Currently not on view

Associated Subject: Ophthalmology


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Credit Line: Dr. J. Staiman

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.M-07040Catalog Number: M-07040Accession Number: 216897

Object Name: ophthalmoscope

Measurements: overall: 7 1/4 in x 1 3/4 in x 1/4 in; 18.415 cm x 4.445 cm x .635 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-8f3c-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1405410

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