Ophthalmoscope

Ophthalmoscope

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“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.
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Object Name
ophthalmoscope
maker
Hunter, Hugh W.
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
ID Number
MG.M-07040
catalog number
M-07040
accession number
216897
Credit Line
Dr. J. Staiman
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National Museum of American History
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