Yikes! Eye Tools of Ages Past

A look into the past reveals some familiar fixtures of the ophthalmic practice.

Yikes! Eye Tools of Ages Past

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Chain Osteotome ca. 1830

German orthopedist Bernard Heine invented the osteotome, a chain saw-like tool which was used to cut through bone and other hard tissues without the impact that a hammer or chisel might have. Because it was gentler, it did not splinter bone and would enable a surgeon to work faster and use less force.

From the Abraham Pollen Archives, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. (Ryan Stevenson/ABC)

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