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The ophthalmoscope, at one time considered as nothing but an interesting scientific toy, has become an indispensable instrument in physical diagnosis. Its history is a succession of triumphs. The wonderful progress made within the last thirty years in ophthalmology is altogether due to this instrument. By its means the neurologist has been able to penetrate the mystery which enshrouded many cases of brain and spinal disease, and our knowledge of kidney diseases, secured from the ophthalmoscope a valuable contribution when it revealed the existence and nature of the various forms of ocular disturbances concomitant with and due to nephritic disorders. In view of these facts should not the use of so important an instrument be thoroughly taught in our medical colleges? Should not every physician be equipped not with the instrument alone, but with the knowledge and experience necessary for its practical use. Yet how far we are from
THE OPHTHALMOSCOPE. JAMA. 1889;XII(24):846. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401010018007
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