Winter's Schiotz Tonometer No 8783

Catalogue Number: 3881
Winter's Schiotz Tonometer No 8783
Category: Equipment
Sub-Category: Tonometer
Designer/inventor: Schiotz, Hjalmar August
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1966
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Germany
Publisher/Manufacturer: J J Winter
Description Of Item: Schiotz indentation tonometer for measurement of intra-ocular pressure in fitted case. Hinged case lined with blue velvet and satin, outer surface of black leatherette printed in white 'Tonometer n. Prof. Schioetz'.Instrument of chromed metal calibrated '0-20' with red 'JJW' logo for Winter & serial No 8783. Inside lid is stored folded green card certifying accuracy of calibration for instrument 8783 dated 18 NOV 1966 and a folded yellow card of 'Directions for use'. Also one pipe cleaner. Case 159mm W x 81mm D x 27mm H.
Historical Significance: Hjalmar August Schi?tz (1850-1927) was born in Stavanger, Norway. He graduated in Medicine in 1877 in Kristiania. He studied ophthalmology in Vienna, where he became a friend of Ernst Fuchs (1851-1930), and in Paris, where he was employed as "directeur adjoint" in the ophthalmologic laboratory at the Sorbonne under Louis ?mile Javal. They developed the ophthalmometer named for them in 1880. In 1881 he became an assistant at the surgical department of the Rikshospitalet in Kristiania and he established a private practice as an eye specialist. He distinguished himself in his work to introduce asepsis in Norway. He was appointed professor of medicine with the obligation to teach eye medicine in 1901. Schi?tz demonstrated his tonometer in The Norwegian Medical Society (Det norske medicinske Selskab) in 1905 and for the next half century the Schi?tz tonometer was generally accepted as a reliable means of measuring intraocular pressure. H. A. Schi?tz: Et nyt tonometer, tonometri. Norsk Magazin for L?gevidenskaben, Kristiania, 1905, 5th series, volume 3: 597-622. H. A. Schi?tz: Archiv fur Augenheilkunde, Wiesbaden,1905: 401-424.
How Acquired: Donated by OPSM via Steven Giacon
Date Acquired: March 2003
Condition: Fair; corrosion to instrument and water damage to cards & case.
Location: Archive room. East wall Unit 3 Cupboard

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