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May 1959

A Simple Portable Dark-Field Microscope

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

AMA Arch Derm. 1959;79(5):589-590. doi:10.1001/archderm.1959.01560170087014

There is still a need in dermatology for dark-field examination of skin lesions. Unless a separate microscope is set up for this, there is often difficulty getting such examinations even by the dermatologists.

Our experience with the staining of spirochetes has shown inconstant results. Our preferred technique at present is still the use of fountain-pen ink, developed in the department by Emura.1

For the past year, for routine dark-field examinations we have been using the McArthur microscope.2,3 This special microscope was devised originally for field work in tropical medicine. It has an original design based on a prismatic system. It measures only 4×2½×2 in. and weighs only 18 oz. For dark-field examination we use the dark-field condenser, precentered and prefocused with a built-in electric illuminator. Material is taken in the usual manner from an active lesion. Immediately this slide is put on this

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