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Dark Field Microscopy
Posted by: karen
Date: November 11, 2000 8:51 PM

What is a live blood cell analysis using the Enderlein Dark Field Method ? When is it prescribed, or used?

RE: Dark Field Microscopy
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: November 12, 2000 5:21 PM

Guenther Enderlein (1871 -1967) was a German microscopist who used the dark field microscope to visualize subtle differences in very delicate structures in human blood visible only with this method. While the interpretation of findings has changed since his death in 1967, the method of visualizing blood remains valuable. I consider it a natural extension of the physical exam into the microscopic realm. Live blood is used via finger stick and immediately examined with a special dark field microscope. "Dark field" means the slide is illuminated from the side with a black background. This is the only method by many delicate structures can be visualized. It is the best general screening test available for practically any illness.



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