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 THE HISTORY OF OTOSCOPY  
Weber's reflector (from Laurence Turnbull 1887 "A clinical manual of the diseases of the ear").

Weber's reflector (from Laurence Turnbull 1887 "A clinical manual of the diseases of the ear").

Description : The next major requirement was for an adequate method of directing the light into the depths of the ear canal.

Von Troltsch is generally credited with popularizing the use of a mirror in otoscopy, although he himself gives credit to a Dr Hoffman of Westphalia, who in 1841 described the use of a centrally perforated mirror to reflect daylight into the centre of the ear.

This concept was not, however, adopted until Von Troltsch came upon the same idea independently, and showed it in 1855 at the Union of German Physicians at a meeting in Paris.

He ultimately fastened the mirror to his forehead as is currently practised.

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