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Medical and Scientific Library of W. Bruce Fye Part IV / CINEMATOGRAPHY IN SCIENCE AND MEDICINE. A group of items

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A group of items:
20 – 29 June 2022, 12:00 EDT
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A group of items:
1. MAREY, ETIENNE JULES. 1830-1904. Autograph Letter Signed, in French, to an unnamed friend and colleague, 2 pages, Paris, July 10, 1901. Marey writes: "...Desirous of making my report on chronophotography you have asked for the negatives of my slides which you have been kind enough to take. In my absence, Mr. Bourgeois came to see me and I was sorry that I was absent. Are you in Paris.... Do you have the hours of the Photo-Club, [as] I would like to see you. If you do not have free access to the negatives, I will arrange to come by...." Fold creases, very minor spotting.
2. Photogravure portrait of Etienne Jules Marey, Munich: J. F. Lehmann, n.d., sheet size 245 x 160 mm.
3. MATAS, RUDOLPH. 1850-1967. "The Cinematograph as an Aid to Medical Education and Research: a Lecture Illustrated by Moving Pictures of Ultramicroscopic Life in the Blood and Tissues, and of Surgical Operations." New Orleans: Southern Surgical and Gynecological Association, 1912. Pamphlet. Wrappers. Ink stamp of Thomas S. Cullen on front wrapper. Light wear and toning.

Etienne Jules Marey "constructed the first modern cine-camera in 1887 and used it widely as his measuring rod for all kinds of animal and human movements; thus he laid the foundations of scientific cinematography" (Michaelis, "E. J. Marey: Physiologist and First Cinematographer," Medical History, 1966; 10:201-203). Rudolph Matas was born in Louisiana in 1860. "Following his graduation from medical school in 1880, Matas embarked on a medical career that rapidly brought him national and international fame. Matas was one of the outstanding surgeons of his day and ranks among the world's major medical figures for his pioneering work in the fields of vascular, abdominal, and thoracic surgery. His work helped lay the basis for the rapid advances in surgery during the twentieth century" (John Duffy in ANB 14: 679-680). This very rare offprint contains the text and nine figures representing moving picture film strips that were projected at the meeting of the Southern Surgical and Gynecological Association as Matas's presidential address. This publication is the subject of a chapter in a recent book on educational films in America. See Kirsten Ostherr, "Medical education through film," IN Devin Orgeron et al, eds. Learning with the Lights Off: Educational Film in the United States (2012), 168-192.

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