The Brain on the big screen: films of patients in the neurology ward of a Romanian hospital circa 1899
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The Brain on the Big Screen: films of patients in a neurology ward of a Romanian hospital circa 1899.
Between 1899 and 1902, Gheoghe Marinescu perfected the use of cinematography as a research method in neurosciences and published five articles based on cinematographic documents. He focused his studies particularly on organic gait disorders, locomotor ataxia, and hysteria. He adapted Charcot's method of lining up several patients with the same disorder and showing them together to permit appreciation of archetypes and formes frustes. He decomposed the moving pictures into sequential tracings for publication. He documented treatment results with cases filmed before and after therapy. Films 1-4
and films 5-8
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