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January 9, 1937


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JAMA. 1937;108(2):113-118. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.92780020003010

The scientific and medicolegal advantages of photographic case records are apparent to most physicians, although relatively few physicians take the opportunity of utilizing their clinical material for photographic purposes. There is scarcely a specialty or branch of experimental and clinical medicine and surgery which cannot be enriched by photography. Dermatologic lesions, neoplasms, developmental and nutritive disorders, deformities, neurologic disturbances, fractures, dislocations, burns, inflammations and a host of other conditions lend themselves readily to photographic recording. The photography of surgical instruments, appliances and special apparatus, the recording of operative procedures, the reproduction of gross and microscopic necropsy and biopsy specimens, blood, parasitologic and bacteriologic specimens, the copying of charts, records and roentgenograms and the making of lantern slides and transparencies for teaching purposes are other accomplishments that the camera makes possible.

The Biological Photographic Association, organized for the purpose of fostering cooperation between the professional photographer and