Medical Museum: Culpepper Microscope

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Museo médico: Microscopio de Culpepper

March 01, 2013
From the March 2013 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
The picture and description appear courtesy of Dr. M. Donald Blaufox, M.D., Ph.D, from his website: www.mohma.org

Each month we visit Dr. Blaufox’s Museum of Historical Medical Artifacts to take a look back at the medical equipment that cleared the way for what patients encounter in doctors’ offices and operating rooms of today. Some equipment may be recognizable, while other inventions featured here have since become obsolete or have had their usefulness discredited.

Estimated Date: 1750

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Manufacturer: Lincoln
Description: Brass, original lacquer finish, l4.25 inches high, objective cover, eyepiece protector, 3 extra objective, drawer in base, original case, slide holder for base, original ivory mounted slides, signed Lincoln in base. The invention of the microscope was one of the earliest truly revolutionary discoveries in medicine and the world in general. Microscopes progressed from simple lenses to more complex forms. Typical of the craftsmanship of the pre 20th century era, a great amount of esthetic charm was incorporated into all of the designs. The Culpepper microscope is an elegant device. It has considerable magnification capability and an attractive design. This was replaced during the 19th century with more practical devices and the invention of the binocular microscope.

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