A Century of X-Rays and Radioactivity in Medicine

A Century of X-Rays and Radioactivity in Medicine

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A Century of X-Rays and Radioactivity in Medicine: With Emphasis on Photographic Records of the Early Years celebrates three great discoveries-x-rays (1895), radioactivity (1896), and radium (1898)-and recalls the pioneering achievements that founded the new science of radiology and changed the face of medicine forever. Over 700 historical illustrations with full and informative captions are supported by short introductory essays to illuminate the fascinating radiological past in an easy-to-read style. The focus of this book is on the historically more interesting early years of discovery, invention, diagnosis, therapy, dosimetry, risk, and protection. Interspersed with a variety of radiological anecdotes, the photographic record is complemented by archival accounts of the pioneer scientists and physicians and their early patients. In the chapters on diagnostic techniques, radiotherapy, and nuclear medicine, the author contrasts old methods with newer technologies. He also includes two fascinating chapters on museum and industrial applications of radiography. The book is comprehensively indexed for easy retrieval of the wide variety of people, techniques, apparatus, and examples featured throughout this radiological journey.These were famous for providing dirty work for a service engineer! From the 1985 Journal of X-Ray Technology comes the following anecdote from the 1914a€“1918 waraquot;. ... was engaged in the delectable task of cleaning mercury aquot;breaksa#39; or interrupters, surely the dirtiest and most smelly job in the whole of Christendom.

Title:A Century of X-Rays and Radioactivity in Medicine
Author:R.F Mould
Publisher:CRC Press - 1993-01-01


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