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November 27, 1909

Microscopic Moving Pictures

JAMA. 1909;LIII(22):1836-1837. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02550220048012

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To the Editor:  In the daily papers there have recently appeared items to the effect that Jean Commandon, a French scientist, has demonstrated in Paris in the presence of the members of the Academy of Science, his most wonderful invention, the microcinematograph, a machine which enables him to take moving pictures of microscopic objects and project them in motion on the screen. The New York World of October 31 says:"No longer is it possible for a bacillus, however microscopic, to live and move secretly. At last the intimate existence of an active microbe has been betrayed by the cinematograph... With this new instrument living organisms one thousandth of a millimeter in diameter are photographed and magnified, and can be studied... Professor Daster, an eminent bacteriologist, says it is impossible to estimate the importance of this advance in science, which opens a new world to the human eye, and reveals

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