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“Device used by ophthalmology students to hone surgical skills. Two spring mounted brass eyeholders with pincers would hold pig eyes for future ophthalmologists to practice their craft before operating on human patients”    - Myers Fine Art

OPHTHALMOPHANTOME, C. 1900 (Device used by ophthalmology students to hone surgical skills. Two spring mounted brass eyeholders with pincers would hold pig eyes for future ophthalmologists to practice their craft before operating on human patients)

Ophthalmophantome. The prongs were used to hold pig eyes for practicing surgeons.

OPHTHALMOPHANTOME, C. 1900 (Device used by ophthalmology students to hone surgical skills. Two spring mounted brass eyeholders with pincers would hold pig eyes for future ophthalmologists to practice their craft before operating on human patients)

In 1784, Benjamin Franklin invented bifocal lenses. Bifocal lenses, as its name says, are 2-focus lenses. The bottom part of the lens is for near objects (like for reading), while the top part is for far objects (like for seeing farther places).

In Benjamin Franklin invented bifocal lenses. Bifocal lenses, as its name says, are lenses. The bottom part of the lens is for near objects (like for reading), while the top part is for far objects (like for seeing farther places).

Whole Face Ophthamologic Medical Tool, American, 19th century.  Used by ophthalmology students to practice surgical skills. Two spring mounted brass eye holders would hold pig eyes for students to work on.

Whole Face Ophthamologic Medical Tool, American, century. Used by ophthalmology students to practice surgical skills. Two spring mounted brass eye holders would hold pig eyes for students to work on. I think we need one of these at the office!

Josef Leiter (1830-1892). Classical Head Ophthalmophantome for use in Teaching Opthalmic Surgery. Vienna, Austria. Circa 1890.

1870 classical head antique ophthalmophantome that was made by Josef Leiter Vienna, Austria. It is signed on the pivot armature: LEITER / IN WIEN. The mask phantom was invented ca. 1827 by Dr.

Pellagra is a disease caused by a niacin (B-vitamin) deficiency, lack of tryptophan (an amino acid) in the diet, or a failure to absorb these nutrients. Pellagra is common in parts of the world where people have a lot of corn in their diet. In the U.S., it was almost epidemic among the Southern poor who ate a diet high in corn, molasses, and fat-back.

Pellagra was defined as a specific disease around the turn of the century. Doctors diagnosed it by classic symptoms like dermatitis, diarrhea, and…dementia which frequently took the form of stupor and melancholy.

Frontal sinus transilluminator, from Joseph D. Bryant and Albert H. Buck’s American practice of surgery, 1906

sutured-infection: Frontal sinus transilluminator, from Joseph D. Bryant and Albert H. Buck’s American practice of surgery, 1906

Why did Romans make these models of body parts? Shown above are examples of Roman terracotta votive offerings, dating from 200 BC to AD 200. Essentially, a ‘votive offering’ is a gift to a god. These...

Why did Romans make these models of body parts? Shown above are examples of Roman terracotta votive offerings, dating from 200 BC to AD Essentially, a ‘votive offering’ is a gift to a god.

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