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Notes From Our Ophthalmic Heritage
February 2004

February 2004

Arch Ophthalmol. 2004;122(2):184. doi:10.1001/archopht.122.2.184

At the beginning of last year, the report by an outstanding expert ofthe judicial court of St Petersburg that they had identified a murderer inSsaratow by means of an Optogram, which they had succeeded in obtaining fromthe eye of the slain, created a great commotion in the Russian press.

In my article, "About Optography and its Medicolegal Aspects," printedin the "Journal of Hygiene, Medicolegal and Practical Medicine" of January,published by the Ministry of the Interior, I refuted not only the fact ofthe discovery of the murderer—which had turned out to be untrue—butalso the possibility that such Optograms could preserve themsleves on theretina of slain person and then be photographed. I concluded my article byattaching the following letter of Profesor W. Kuehne, which he had sent megraciously from Heidelberg: