In spite of the Whipple Library having very little in its special collections abp1030649out the X-ray, I believe it is still worth making a note of this remarkable discovery which had an influence on later scientific disciplines (DNA diffraction pattern) as well as contributing to the up and coming radiology and radiography.

One item in particular caught my attention: the book written by Lewis Wright (2 years after the phenomenal discovery of X rays by Prof. Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen in 1895) “The induction coil in practical work; including Rontgen X rays” (STORE 86:21). In this book a whole chapter is dedicated to Rontgen’s X-rays. This same book has a few interesting plates of X-ray pictures (a hand, fingers, various bone structures, including the pelvic region of a young boy, and the skeleton of a snake). Looking at these pictures, no one should wonder how this remarkable discovery has become a fundamental part of medical diagnostics.


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