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Carving the cornea: the von Hippel Trephine
  1. Richard Keeler,
  2. Arun D Singh,
  3. Harminder S Dua

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    Illustrations courtesy of Mr Richard Keeler, Curator, Museum of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. Photos: Mark Thomas.

    The von Hippel trephine was invented around 1888 by Arthur von Hippel, a distinguished German ophthalmologist (1841–1916). Arthur von Hippel graduated as a doctor of medicine and surgery in 1865 and went on to study in Prague, Paris and Vienna. It was here that he came under the influence of Hugo von Arlt who persuaded him to …

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