The microscope is one of the most powerful instruments for diagnosing disease and following pathology. It is critical to public health, and of such importance to the physician that purchasing a microscope has long been a prerequisite for medical school.
The Trichinosis Microscope was designed in Germany in the late 19th century to aid in the control of trichinosis, a muscle wasting disease caused by worms encysted in muscle, and common in pork. Its rugged design, simplicity and quality also made it a good microscope for home use. The “Physician’s” compound microscope includes the higher specifications needed for medicine and research: an oil-immersion high power objective for highest magnifications, an Abbe condenser to provide the illumination needed for oil immersion work, linear fine focusing, and bright, high-quality, standardized optics. This example, from a local doctor, is typical of the microscopes used by physicians from the early 20th century to today.
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