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November 1997

150 Years Since Babbage's Ophthalmoscope

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From Keeler Ltd, Windsor, England.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1997;115(11):1456-1457. doi:10.1001/archopht.1997.01100160626017

T he discovery of the ophthalmoscope in 1851 is rightly attributed to Hermann von Helmholtz. However, 4 years earlier, in 1847, Charles Babbage nearly invented the instrument that was to revolutionize ophthalmological examination so dramatically.