Gowllands medical instrument kit

Catalogue Number: 1187
Gowllands medical instrument kit
Category: Equipment
Sub-Category: Ophthalmoscope
Designer/inventor: Charles H May
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c1930
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: England
Publisher/Manufacturer: Gowllands Ltd
Description Of Item: May ophthalmoscope cased with many attachments to examine ears, throat etc. Battery handle missing barrel. Black metal ophthalmoscope head with prism reflector & revolving lens disc. Stamped 'MAY OPHTHALMOSCOPE IMPROVED PAT No 358766/Gowllands/Made in England. Case: W:19.7cm x D:15.2cm x H:4.0cm
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.
Condition: Fair-good
Location: Archive Office. Cabinet One Drawer 11

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