Rudolph Schindler (1888-1968) was a German physician who invented a flexible gastroscope for viewing the interior of a stomach. In the 1930s, when the Nazis came to power, Dr. Schindler (whose father was Jewish) moved to the United States. The “Georg. Wolf, G.m.b.H. / . . . / BERLIN N.W.U.” inscription in the lid of the wooden case of this gastroscope refers to a medical instrument maker who worked with Schindler.

Ref: "Dr. Rudolph Schindler Dead at 80; Physician Invented Gastroscope,” New York Times (Sept. 9, 1968), p. 47.

Audrey B. Davis, “Rudolph Schindler’s Role in the Development of Gastroscopy,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 46 (1972): 150-170.

Date Made: ca 1929

Inventor: Schindler, RudolfMaker: Wolf, Georg

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Germany: Berlin, Berlin

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Credit Line: Eder Instrument Co.

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.M-13886Model Number: 164Catalog Number: M-13886Accession Number: 299052

Object Name: gastroscopeEndoscope

Physical Description: metal (overall material)rubber (overall material)Measurements: overall: 3 3/4 in x 32 1/4 in x 4 1/4 in; 9.525 cm x 81.915 cm x 10.795 cm


Record Id: nmah_1436960

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