Liebreich Ophthalmoscope


In 1851, Hermann von Helmholtz, a German professor of physiology, devised an ophthalmoscope for examining the interior of an eye. Richard Liebreich (1830-1917), a German ophthalmologist, developed a modification of that instrument soon thereafter. An inscription on the case of this example reads “Augenspiegel / nach / Dr. LIEBRICH.”

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Dr. J. Staiman

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.M-07038Catalog Number: M-07038Accession Number: 216897

Object Name: ophthalmoscopesophthalmoscopeOther Terms: Medicine

Physical Description: wood (overall material)glass (overall material)felt (overall material)plastic (overall material)metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 1 1/8 in x 5 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in; 2.8575 cm x 13.97 cm x 6.35 cm


Record Id: nmah_735231

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