Thursday, March 30, 2006

Dog, Reanimated

The Proceedings of the Athanasius Kircher Society points to a 1940 Soviet film about reanimating dead dogs [49 megs]. It's trippy, and certainly not for anyone who feels overwhelming negative sensations when looking at videos of reanimated dead dogs. WFMU's Beware of the Blog expounds on its reality or hoaxitude:
First, download and watch the movie, since the puzzle starts there. At first glance, Experiments in the Revival of Organisms comes off as a piece of World War Two era Soviet propaganda. The arteries and blood vessels leading in and out of the dog-head aren't made visible to the viewer, and the narration that accompanies the film (by the pro-Communist British Biologist J.B.S. Haldane) leaves much to be desired in terms of medical accuracy, so dumbed down was his description of the experiment. The film supposedly documents experiments performed by Dr. S.S. Bryukhonenko at the Institute of Experimental Physiology and Therapy in the U.S.S.R. It was premiered in November, 1943, when the National Council of American-Soviet Friendship and the American-Soviet Medical Society showed it to a thousand American scientists in New York City. Here are articles of that 1943 showing from The New York Times (download pdf file) and Time Magazine.
Link. Poor Ling Ling.

Indexed by tags science, history, biology, dog, head, Soviet, 1940, reanimation, film, dead.