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Surgical practice lends itself admirably to the taking of motion pictures to perpetuate the transient phases of operative technic. Unfortunately, many difficulties confront a camera man who may. want to photograph an operation in progress.
First of all, the surgeons cannot be inconvenienced by the intrusion of photographic equipment. In any case, the camera man is kept so far away from the sterile field that his film usually records more elbows and backs than it does the operation.
To record what the surgeon sees and does, the camera is best placed somewhere above the patient but far enough away not to interfere with the surgeons or nurses. The accompanying illustration shows how a 16 mm. Filmo camera was attached to a regular Operay light, which may be conceded as being one of the most logical positions for it. To do this, an iron ring was fastened between the main lens
Richard B. Stout. SURGERY IN MOVING PICTURES. JAMA. 1930;95(23):1742–1743. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.27210230001010a