The father of Iridology.

He created one of the first organ mapping Iris charts.

Modern Iridology started in the mid 1800’s. This is the earliest time that organ mapping of the iris started. It was thought that Ignatz Von Peczely of Budapest, Hungary, was the first practitioner and researcher in the field of Iridology. But in the same time period, Reverend Nils Liljequist from Sweden was practicing, too. If we look at the work of both of these men, we find many similarities. They never knew one another and since there was no Internet at that time, they were unable to compare notes.

The Book of Irisdiagnosis

In the late 1800’s there was another man named Pastor Felke from Sweden who was such a famous Iridologist that there is an institute in Germany named after him. In the late 1800’s, Henry Edward Lane, who was an Austrian medical doctor, brought Iridology over to the United States. Henry Lindlahr was a student of Lane and published many articles on Iridology. In the same time period (early 1900’s) was a man named Dr. Kritzer who wrote a textbook called The Book of Irisdiagnosis. He also published one of the first Iridology charts in America.

(Sweden) - The other Father of Iridology who was practicing during the same time as Von Peczely. He also created one of the first Iris charts. His chart bore an amazing resemblance to Von Peczely’s, even though he did not know Von Peczely. 

Pastor Felke 1856-1926 (Sweden) - Pastor Felke was a minister who later became a Naturopath. He was the man who carried on the work of Von Peczely and Liljequist. Felke was famous for being put on trial for his works in Iridology. The medical establishment mocked him. After his death the Felke Institute was established in Germany. It is an institute devoted to supporting the science of Iridology. 


Josef Deck died 1992 (Germany) - Was mainly responsible for developing the constitutional approach to Iridology. He devoted over 50 years of his life to research and wrote two textbooks titled Principles of Iris Diagnosis and Differentiation of Iris Markings. He is also responsible for discovering many types of Lacunae and Syndromes. 

Henry Edward Lane, MD (Austria and America) - was responsible for bringing Iridology to the United States. When he was in Europe he was a student of Nils Liljequist. He was also the one who taught Dr. Henry Lindlahr Iridology.

Henry Lindlahr, ND 1862-1924 (American) - Was a student of Henry Edward Lane and published many articles on Iridology in his natural magazines. He also published a book titled Irisdiagnosis and Other Diagnostic Methods. 

The father of North American Iridology

Dr. Bernard Jensen, DC 1908-2001 (America) - Learned from the teachings of Ed Lane and Henry Lindlahr. He started in Chiropractic in 1929 and was still writing books from his wheelchair up until a month before his death. He wrote many books on colon cleansing, nutrition and Iridology. In all, he authored more than fifty books. He taught more people Iridology over the last 70 years than many of his predecessors combined. He was one of the pioneers in using color iris photography. 

During the early 1900’s we had poor communication with Germany due to two world wars, so new information stopped coming over to the U.S. When a chiropractor named Bernard Jensen began learning Iridology, he learned from the teachings of Lane, Lindlahr and Kritzer. Color photography was not used in Iridology until the 1950’s, so most of the pictures in early textbooks were paintings or drawings. Dr. Jensen is the man who kept the candle burning for Iridology without the aid of new research findings from Europe. He is known as the Father of American Iridology and rightly so. He is also responsible for keeping the candle burning for Natural Healing, Nutrition and Chiropractic. As of this year(2002), he has been writing and studying Iridology for over 70 years. He accomplished this doing countless case studies and taking many photographs. His work has been so valuable to the science of Iridology. His studies were done without many of the tools of modern research. Meanwhile, over in Europe, Josef Deck, Theodore Kriege, Rudolph Schnabel and Josef Angerer of Germany were able to work with universities, hospitals, autopsies and x-rays to verify their iris findings. They had many more resources at their disposal, so it really magnifies how much Dr. Jensen accomplished with what he had. 

Dorothy Hall, ND (Australia) - Is considered the mother of Iridology in Australia. She, like Dr.Jensen, has kept the light burning for Iridology. Only she did this in Australia and New Zealand.