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July 1959

The Prismatic Binocular Microscope Adapted for Dermatologic Use

Author Affiliations

Plainfield, N. J.; East Orange, N. J.

AMA Arch Derm. 1959;80(1):98-99. doi:10.1001/archderm.1959.01560190100018

The illustrations show an adaption of a prismatic binocular microscope which has proven itself invaluable in our practice. Head loupes, hand magnifiers, shop and pocket microscopes, and stereobinocular microscopes have been described1 which have been inadequate or cumbersome resulting in disuse and unpopularity of these instruments. Recent first hand observation of a stereoscopic binocular microscope suggested extremely simple changes which makes it possible to use this fine instrument for dermatologic purposes.

The illustration (Fig. 1) shows such a Kern prismatic binocular microscope as it is ordinarily used. The body of the microscope is on a stand ready for observation of material placed on this stand. Various light attachments and arrangements are available for this. By removing the stand and inserting a (painted) wooden ½ in. dowel 6¼ in. long, the instrument becomes an easily hand-held and supported microscope, which rests on its newly created unipod on whatever part of the body the examiner wishes to inspect closely.

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