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.

chapter 5|5 pages

Gas Tubes: 1895–1913

chapter 6|4 pages

Spark Coils and Interrupters

chapter 8|6 pages

Military Radiography

chapter 9|4 pages

Animal Radiographs

chapter 10|9 pages

Diagnostic Radiology: I

chapter 11|5 pages

Diagnostic Radiology: II

chapter 12|4 pages

Diagnostic Radiology: III

chapter 13|6 pages

Diagnostic Radiology: IV

chapter 14|3 pages

Diagnostic Radiology: V

chapter 15|4 pages

Diagnostic Radiology: VI

chapter 16|7 pages

Paintings and Museum Artefacts

chapter 17|5 pages

Industrial Applications

chapter 18|12 pages

External Beam Radiotherapy: I

chapter 19|6 pages

External Beam Radiotherapy: II

chapter 20|22 pages


chapter 21|20 pages

Nuclear Medicine

chapter 23|12 pages

Radiation Risks and Radiation Protection