995.4.85: Beebe Binocular Loupe, c. 1950

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995.4.85: Beebe Binocular Loupe.
Image No. 2372 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Physician's spectacles consisting of a folding metal spectacle frame with cable curl side arms but no upper rims to which correction lenses can be slotted. Extending from each side of the bridge are two projecting bars ending in a frame for a pair of removable rectangular magnifying lenses and a milled adjusting wheel to set width between lenses. The lenses are sphero-prisms which allow the eyes to maintain a normal binocular relationship.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 995.4.85
Collection: Ophthalmology
Date: c. 1950

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 19 cm
  • Width: 11.3 cm
  • Depth: 4 cm

Object Parts

Object Materials

  • glass,
  • metal

Acquisition Detail

  • Owner: Dr. Andrew Davidson
  • History of Use: 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.