995.4.66: Stereoscopic Images, c. 1910

Additional Images

995.4.66: Stereoscopic Images. Acne Vulgaris et Comedones [card 1, front]
Image No. 910 Acne Vulgaris et Comedones [card 1, front]; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Series of 132 coloured stereoscopic images, illustrating various skin diseases. Detailed text on disease, diagnosis and treatment on reverse of each card. Printed on front of each card is skin disease type and 'COPYRIGHT 1910 DR S. I. RAINFORTH N.Y.' [photographer]. Originally held in narrow red cloth covered box [one panel remains], label reads 'The STEREOSCOPIC SKIN CLINIC RAINFORTH NEW YORK MEDICAL ART PUBLISHING'. Designed for the use of practitioners and students of medicine. Card number 117 missing.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 995.4.66
Collection: Audio-Visual
Date: c. 1910

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 17.5 cm
  • Width: 12.4 cm

Object Parts

Object Materials

  • card,
  • paper,
  • printing ink,
  • textile

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Medical Art Publishing Company (Dr S.I. Rainforth, photographer)
  • Owner: Dr. Andrew Davidson
  • History of Use: Used in conjunction with a stereoscope. Stereoscopic images consist of sets of two photographs taken from very slightly different perspectives which are then viewed together. When viewed through a stereoscope gives the effect of a three dimensional image and became a very useful tool for teaching anatomy. Used by Dr. Andrew Davidson [1885-1972] a military doctor and a noted dermatologist who served in both WW1 and WW2. He served in France as an officer [Captain] for the Royal Army Medical Corps (1915-1917) and in the Canadian Army Medical Corps (1917-1919), specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of venereal and skin diseases. In 1939, he returned to active military service with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and was involved in the institution of the PULHEMS system. This is a system for classification of soldiers, the acronym stands for: P – physical capacity, U – upper extremity, L – locomotion, H – hearing, E – eyesight, M – mental capacity, S – stability of emotions. After the war, Dr. Davidson moved from Winnipeg to Vancouver, where he was in practice in association with his son, Dr. Kenneth Davidson. In 1947, Dr. Davidson was elected as the founding president of the Canadian Dermatological Association, and was a winner of the Sabouraud Medal for research in dermatology.