Two students and a teacher can use this microscope while the teacher carries out a dissection or explains a slide.
Microscopes had ever expanding uses in the 19th century, for example in botany, geology, metallurgy, histology and the new disciplines of bacteriology and embryology. This instrument was ordered for the Edinburgh medical students by Professor John Hughes Bennett (1812-1875) who had trained as a doctor on the Continent where all medical students learned to use microscopes. He was instrumental in making such training universal in Britain. By his own microscopic studies Hughes Bennett discovered leukaemiathus, showing that the blood, like other organs, was subject to disease.
Formerly in the Department of Physiology, University of Edinburgh; now in the National Museums of Scotland.