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Twin foetuses testing reflexes. Film 24.

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About this work


Starting slate: Begin 417. Live twin sheep foetuses being observed laying in am amniotic bath and then being lightly flicked with a finger to elicit a response. Their heads and limbs are manipulated. This is repeated many times. The closing shot is of a row of dead sheep foetuses.



Physical description

1 film reel (8 min.) : silent, black and white, 16 mm


This is one of 27 films which were discovered in a wooden box in the Department of Anatomy, University of Cambridge, in July 1974. Examination of the script of the titles indicates that they are at least part of the collection from the experiments of Joseph Barcroft largely on the foetus in 1939. The collection is not complete, and the films seem to have been labelled firstly by Joseph Barcroft and secondly by two other methods. The order ascribed to the collection has been attributed to D. H. Barron.
Annotations on the box: Film 23. Group 1. Sub Group 3. No. 24. OK for projection.
Annotations on the box: Group 1-3/24. 417 Trac??????? [illegible] above mid-brain.
Edge code is L.
Film is warped, although hasn't shrunk.
Sir Joseph Barcroft and Dr D. H. Barron. Photographer Mr W. Freeman.

Language note

In English.

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