Ophthalmoscope

Description:

“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.

This is an example of Loring’s 15-lens ophthalmoscope with quadrant that, when new, cost $30. The inscription on the box reads "Loring / Ophthalmoscope." That on the inside reads “BALTIMORE OPTICAL CO. / Wholesale Opticians / BALTIMORE, MD.”

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.

James W. Queen & Co., Priced and Illustrated Catalogue of Ophthalmological Instruments (Philadelphia, 1889), p. 42.

Associated Name: Baltimore Optical Co.

Location: Currently not on view

Associated Subject: Ophthalmology

Subject:

See more items in: Medicine and Science: Medicine, Health & Medicine

Exhibition:

Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Dr. J. Staiman

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.M-07041Catalog Number: M-07041Accession Number: 216897

Object Name: OpthalmoscopeophthalmoscopeOther Terms: Opthalmoscope; Medicine

Measurements: case: 1 in x 4 1/4 in x 2 1/4 in; 2.54 cm x 10.795 cm x 5.715 cmscope: 4 1/4 in x 1 1/2 in x 1/4 in; 10.795 cm x 3.81 cm x .635 cmlens: 1 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in x 1/8 in; 3.81 cm x 3.81 cm x .3175 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-58f0-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_727939

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.