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Posted by on Nov 8, 2010 in Medical education, Medical history

X-Radiation: Has It Been 115 Years Already?

X-Radiation: Has It Been 115 Years Already?

Anna_Berthe_Roentgen.gifToday is the 115th anniversary of the first production of x-rays (thank you, Google, for the reminder) and the approximately 27th anniversary that Dr. David C.  Sabiston, Jr, pimped yours truly about their discoverer, Wilhelm Roentgen (RENT-gun). No commemoration of historic medical events seems complete without traumatic personal memories of formal education, which also include being presented on rounds with a radiograph of a buckshot shoulder (something like this, if not this) and the ever-popular ruse of showing a chest x-ray of situs inversus…backwards.

Google eases or heightens the retentive pain (depending on how jazzed you get by primary sources) by providing, in its ever-expanding Books section, access to Roentgen’s original paper, “Eine neue Art von Strahlen.” For those who don’t read German, a translation (“On a new kind of x-rays”) is provided here by the Indian Academy of Sciences.

Radiograph taken by Wilhelm Roentgen on December 22, 1895, of the hand of his wife.

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A native East Tennessean, Barbara Martin is a formerly practicing, board-certified neurologist who received her BS (psychology, summa cum laude) and MD from Duke University before completing her postgraduate training (internship, residency, fellowship) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has worked in academia, private practice, medical publishing, drug market research, and continuing medical education (CME). For the last 3 years, she has worked in a freelance capacity as a medical writer, analyst, and consultant. Follow Dr. Barbara Martin on and Twitter.