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1897 __ A method to converse at a distance
Paracelsus or Theophrastus Phillippus Aureolus Bombastus von Hohenheim (1493-1541)
Comment : As reconstructed by the Dundee Advertiser in 1897, Paracelsus had recommended the following experiment: « Two friends who wished to converse at a distance proceeded thus : A piece of skin was cut from the arm or breast of each, and these fragments were "transplanted," so that either party had a portion of the cuticle of the other engrafted on his person. When separated from each other, at a given hour one of them traced on the piece of alien skin with a metal point the letters of the words in his message, and his friend could read these letters on his own arm, no matter how far they were separated. ». (Carolyn Marvin)
Source : Marvin, Carolyn (1990), “When Old Technologies Were New: Thinking About Electric Communication in the Late Nineteenth Century”, Oxford University Press.

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