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Rocking microtome, 1885.

Rocking microtome, 1885.
3 3 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm


The microtome was invented in the mid 19th century to cut thin sections of tisue so that microscopic examination could take place more accurately and rapidly. The sample was 'fixed' in preservative, coloured with a stain to show relevant features, then embedded in a wax block. The block was then placed in the microtome and sliced up. Manufactured by Cambridge Scientific Instruments, England.

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