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Le cœur mis à nu - continued...

As early as 1747, Albrecht von Haller (1708-1777) defined physiology as "animated anatomy". It is hardly surprising, then, that nineteenth-century physiologists did not want to rely exclusively on the static forms of texts and figures when distributing their experimental knowledge.

Illustration: Weber and Weber 1894
from: Weber and Weber, 1894

Instead, they began to produce "movement-images" (Deleuze), adopting elements from the very system that, according to Deleuze, is also at the basis of cinematography: images of moments in equal intervals, a transfer of these images and intervals on to a support, and a driving mechanism for transporting the images.

Reference: Schmidgen, Henning. 2001. Le cœur mis à nu. Movement-Images in Experimental Physiology, 1830-1860.. The Virtual Laboratory (ISSN 1866-4784), http://vlp.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/references?id=art4&page=p0002