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RISLEY, Samuel Dory (riz'-ly), physician, 1). in Cincinnati, Ohio, 16 January, 1845. He entered the National army in 1862 as a private, served three years, and attained the rank of sergeant. He was graduated at the University of Iowa in 1868, at the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania in 1870, and settled in Philadelphia. After his appointment as surgeon to the dispensary staff of the Episcopal hospital he abandoned general practice, devoting himself to eye and ear diseases, became chief of the dispensary for these diseases on the opening of the hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 1875, lecturer on ophthalmoscopy m its medical department in 1877, and subsequently assistant surgeon there in the same branch. He is a member of various medical societies, and has invented an optometer with perimeter attachment for measuring, errors of refraction in the human eye and mapping the field of vision, and an ophthalmoscope with cylindrical lenses, securing a wide range of spherico-cylindrical lenses. He has published numerous papers on his specialty, which include "The More Frequently Occurring Forms of Conjunctival Disease" (1877), and the "Mydriatics Compared" (1884).
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