Dr. Rife had in mind the creation of an Institute, in which he could train younger specialists in the operation of these wonderful ultra-microscopes. Mass production of the devices would be insured. They would become fixtures in every professional laboratory. Money was not the aim of this research. Monies were already secured. Dr. Rife had a singular goal, and demonstrated the passion associated with his quest.

He developed seven different models of this initial projection-type prismatic microscope in quick succession. The horizontal projection format was converted to a more compact vertical orientation, best serving the needs of pathologists and biologists in practical laboratory settings. Several of these wonderful Prismatic models may be seen in the various archival films and photographs taken in Dr. Rife’s laboratories.

If the Rife Prismatic Microscopes outperformed every standard laboratory microscope, being able to discern and photograph virus particles in their active state, the Universal Microscope outdid all the former records. In 1933 the creation of the Universal Microscope afforded resolutions in an astounding excess of 31,000 diameters, with magnifications in excess of 60,000 diameters.

Using technically precise photographic enlargement techniques, he was able to provide 300,000 diameter magnifications. His calculations indicated that a ultra-optical projection microscope giving clarified magnifications of 250,000 diameters would be possible. After photographic enlargement, there would be no limit to the optical viewing power unleashed for researchers.

The Rule of Abbe was mentioned as a failed byword in Dr. Rife’s laboratory. He had succeeded in breaking the “vision barrier”. There are those whose familiarity with optics and attainable optical precisions state that the claimed magnification effects cannot be obtained with ordinary principles of light. Beyond simple optical parameters, other light energies become the more active in such devices. The focusing process is radionic in effect, utilizing the penetrating “Od luminescence”. The stimulation of special retinal modes releases the anomalous perception with its reported ultra-optical magnifications. Careful examination of the Rife Ultra-microscope reveals tubes filled with quartz prisms, identical in basic use as the patented radionic analyzers of T. G. Hieronymus (Lehr).

Viruses remained absolutely invisible to the eye when cultures were searched with the then-standard Zeiss dark field (oil-immersion) microscope. Dr. Rife’s Prismatic Microscopes were immediately obtained by Northwestern University Medical School, the Mayo Foundation, the British Laboratory of Tropical Medicine, and other equally prestigious research groups. These models produced magnification and resolution up to 18,000 diameters.

A space composed of brilliant light, where mind illuminating light merged with light in the eyes was now opened before him. Fields, all of light. The new vision would be unstoppable. No cloak of invisibility could protect the foe now. Soon everyone would see, and the armadas of death and shadow would be vanquished. The spoils of this war would flood humanity with indescribable treasure. Life and light would again be unleashed in a world where shadow and death had reigned far too long. The immense task of cataloguing viral pathogens had begun.


With the new Prismatic Microscope models, both he and Dr. A. I. Kendall (Northwestern University Medical School) were able to observe, demonstrate, and photograph “filterable” pathogens (viruses) in 1931. Moreover, they were perhaps first to discern the transition of these bacilli from dormancy to activity over a specific period of time. Freshly made cultures were sampled at specific stages, revealing fixed periods of quiescence and activation.

An initial tissue substrate was prepared in which bacillus typhosus was cultured. After several days’ growth, samples of this lethal culture were filtered through a fine triple zero Berkefeld “W” filter. This filtration process was repeated ten times. When viewed under the best available laboratory microscopes, a turbidity was seen, but there appeared no organisms whatsoever.

Under the Rife Prismatic Microscope, polarizer adjusted, the bacilli in this sample fluoresced with a bright turquoise blue coloration. Two forms were observed, taking the researchers by surprise. Long, relatively clear and non-motile bacilli were found alongside a great population of free-swimming ovoids, granules of high motility. The motile granules glowed in a self-fluorescent turquoise light at a magnification of 5000 diameters.

These motile forms were transferred to a second fresh substrate, and allowed to grow for days. The same filtration process was performed. When sampled randomly before the four-day period, the filtered specimen revealed something remarkable. Dr. Rife and Kendall observed relatively quiescent clear containing bright turquoise ovoids at one end. The implication was enormous.

Exact transition periods were thereafter determined with precision, the entire process photographed through special attachments designed by Dr. Rife. At specific intervals of activation, the clear bacilli were discharging the turquoise motile forms into the culture. These blue ovoids were the real cause of the disease. The long and clear bacilli were only hosts. Transitions back and forth (between clear host-dormancy and motile turquoise granules) were observed and reported in the professional journals. These findings were corroborated first by Dr. A. Foord, chief pathologist at Pasadena Hospital, and later confirmed and reported by Dr. E. C. Rosenow at the Mayo Foundation (1932). The Rife Prismatic Microscope was quickly earning its reputation.

Soon, other specimens were obtained and studied by the team. Active poliomyelitis cultures were studied, the virus successfully isolated, identified, and photographed in 1932 by Rife and Kendall. In these cultures the team recognized streptococcus and motile blue forms resembling typhosus. These last reports were immediately transmitted to the Mayo Foundation and duplicated by Dr. E. Rosenow. Dr. Karl Meyer (Director of the Hooper Foundation for Medical Research, University of California) came to the Rife Research Laboratories with Dr. Milbank Johnson, examining and corroborating the stated results. The impossible and anomalous became fact. Bacilli could act as virus carriers. Furthermore, poliomyelitis victims evidenced a startling degree of typhosus-like associated virus.

Frightening implications came when comparisons between the Prismatic Microscope and the Zeiss scopes were made. All of the previous studies made with Zeiss scopes returned negative results. Such reports flooded the literature. The filtrates had been maintaining their cloak of invisibility for years. Professionals, bereft of this clarified vision, were concocting numerous speculative explanations for the appearance of these disease states. The vacuum produced by lack of visible evidence was producing erroneous theories. Many highly qualified persons, in absence of the sight required to know better, steadfastly maintained that victims of certain diseases were suffering from internally developed conditions.

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