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From the Archives of the Archives
February 1999

A look at the past . . .

Arch Ophthalmol. 1999;117(2):280. doi:10.1001/archopht.117.2.280

Nearly One Hundred Years of the Ophthalmoscope

No instrument in general medicine has influenced and developed a specialty as the ophthalmoscope has done for ophthalmology. On the occasion of my lectures on the physiology of the sense organs, I made a discovery which may be of real value to ophthalmology; it was so simple, requiring no more knowledge than what I had learned of optics in high school, that it is laughable that other people and I could have been so obtuse as not to have recognized it before.