Otoscopy :: THE HISTORY OF OTOSCOPY :: Hist_4_002
Illumination 4

Illumination 4

Description : It is interesting to note that the colour of the ear, when illuminated by artificial light, disturbed the 19th century otologists considerably, for they felt that the normal standard should be daylight and that they could not make accurate observations by artificial light.

Over the next 150 years artificial light became the method of choice for the illumination of the ear canal.

Now, once again, with the higher colour temperature of modern halogen bulbs, the present generation of otologists is having to learn, in reverse, the lessons of their 19th century forefathers, as this new halogen illumination produces a brilliant light which has a colour temperature approaching that of daylight.

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