“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


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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

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