Thursday, January 14, 2010

Look into my eyes....

We received twenty-seven more boxes from the School of Nursing on Tuesday, with paper records and media (reel-to-reel, Umatic, and VHS films, 3.5 x 5 floppies, and 35 mm slides) all pertaining to academics, both undergraduate and graduate, including curriculum materials, meeting minutes, student projects, and faculty presentations.

One item in particular quickly caught our eye: a Colenbrander Ophthalmoscopy Mannequin from the Hansen Ophthalmic Development Laboratory in Iowa City. Purchased in 1977, it came with a styrofoam head model, lenses, twenty 35mm slides of eye conditions, and instructions for use. Named after its developer, August Colenbrander, MD, the model allows students to study various conditions of the fundus by interchanging slides.

It's a bit spooky to look at, especially when you realize that the eyes come out...

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