Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company rocking microtome

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Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company rocking microtome

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The rocking microtome was made to cut biological materials into thin slices so they could be examined under a microscope. One of several types of microtome, it used a rocking motion to cut material over the fixed razor blade. The rocking microtome was invented by Sir Horace Darwin, the son of Charles Darwin. He was also the co-founder of Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company, which began selling the instrument in 1885. The design is still used today. This is one of the earliest examples, from around 1885.

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