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something equivalent to rain


Fig. 110. Fibers of the Vitreous, after Abstraction of its Watery Content by the Process of Hardening.
(cropped from page, border reconstructed)
illustrating Chapter VIII, Detachment of the Retina
in Edward L. Oatman. Diagnostics of the Fundus Oculi. Comprising one volume of text with two hundred and thirty-four illustrations, and four colored plates and two portfolios containing seventy-nine stereograms and eight diagnostic cards.
New York, 1913
Michigan copy, digitized September 11, 2012

Discussion at pp 172-173
Oatman's name appears within each of these images.

Rain brings out the contours
of what's around you
in that it introduces a continuous blanket
of differentiated and specialized sound...
which fills the whole of the audible environment.

If only there could be something equivalent to rain
falling inside.

— John Hull, his reflections in "The Story Behind ‘Notes on Blindness’",
being a film by Peter Middleton and James Spinney
The New York Times, January 16, 2014

1 March 2014
tags: Edward L. Oatman; John Hull; abstraction; blindness; clouds; detachment; precipitation; retina; rounds