May improved ophthalmoscope 'Klinostik'

Catalogue Number: 1188
May improved ophthalmoscope 'Klinostik'
Category: Equipment
Sub-Category: Ophthalmoscope
Designer/inventor: Charles H May
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c1950
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: United Kingdom
Description Of Item: Self illuminating ophthalmoscope. Black battery handle with white metal cap & pocket clip. White sliding on-off switch. Black metal head with prism reflector & revolving lens disc. In black leatherette-covered wooden case with purple lining and white metal clasp. Case: W:17.4cm x D:10.1cm x H:5.0cm. Instrument: 234 x 44 x 44 mm.
Historical Significance: May designed this improved ophthalmoscope in 1915. The improvement was to the illuminating optics. See May C H The May Electric ophthalmoscope. Trans Am Ophthal Soc 1915; 14: 165-167. Charles Henry May (1861-1943) was a New York ophthalmologist who wrote 'May's Manual of Diseases of the Eye for students and practitioners' first published 1900 and which ran to 22 American Editions and many other editions in other countries and languages. See his obituary Snyder C Arch Ophthal 1961 142-1943.
How Acquired: Not known
Condition: Good
Location: Archive Office. Cabinet One Drawer 11

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