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Rife's prismatic compound microscope No 5, 1938.

Richardson, Claire

Rife's prismatic compound microscope No 5, 1938.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 26cm x 32cm


Microscope No 5 is one of the five instruments designed and built by Amercian-born Royal Raymond Rife, who worked on the making of lenses and microscopes in Germany before returning to America. Papers held at the Science Museum imply that Rife No 5 was used for studying viruses and cancer-causing organisms, but tests in 1978 suggested the microscope was not remarkable, and in fact only after replacing the original optics was a very imperfect image of leukaemic blood cells finally obtained.

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