Summary: A century ago, the living body, like most of the material world, was opaque. Then Wilhelm Roentgen captured and X-ray image of his wife's finger-her wedding ring "floating" around a white bone-and our range of vision changed forever. By the 1920s, X-ray technology was common-place: all army recruits had lined up for chest pictures during WWI, and children were examining the bones of their feet in shoe store fluoroscopes, spectacularly unaware of the radiati
on they were absorbing. Through lucid prose, vivid anecdotes, and over seventy striking illustrations, science writer Bettyann Holtzman Kevles shows how X-rays and the subsequent daughter technologies-CT, MRI, PET, ultrasound-transformed the practice of medicine (from pediatrics to neurosurgery), the rules of evidence in courts, and the vision of artists.
Summary: A century ago, the living body, like most of the material world, was opaque. Then Wilhelm Roentgen captured and X-ray image of his wife's finger-her wedding ring "floating" around a white bone-and our range of vision changed forever. By the 1920s, X-ray technology was common-place: all army recruits had lined up for chest pictures during WWI, and children were examining the bones of their feet in shoe store fluoroscopes, spectacularly unaware of the radiation they were absorbing. Through lucid prose, vivid anecdotes, and over seventy striking illustrations, science writer Bettyann Holtzman Kevles shows how X-rays and the subsequent daughter technologies-CT, MRI, PET, ultrasound-transformed the practice of medicine (from pediatrics to neurosurgery), the rules of evidence in courts, and the vision of artists. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:97 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Perseus Press Published: 01/28/1997 International: No
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Kevles, Bettyann Holtzmann :
Bettyann Holtzmann Kevles is a writer whose reviews of books on science have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and on National Public Radio's Science Friday. She is the author of Females of the Species: Sex and Survival in the Animal Kingdom.
"Fascinating ... an important contribution to the history of twentieth-century medicine."
--New York Times Book Review
"Naked to the Bone brilliantly explores that liminal frontier terrain where medicine, technology, economics, and culture converge and interact."
"Wonderful-and wonderfully told.... A mighty work of scholarship."
--Times Literary Supplement
"A delightful read."
"As Kevles tells it, the history of X-rays and their offspring is not always pretty-it took a while to learn that dentists better cover their patients with lead and leave the room before pressing that button. Kevles's book is as insightful and risky as X-rays, illuminating the inner workings not just of the technology but of twentieth-century law, culture and art."
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Introduction The X-Ray Years
The Discovery of X-Rays: Seeing Is Believing Medical Applications: The Living Body Beneath the Skin Technological Innovation 1897-1918: Building a Better Mousetrap Medical Politics Between the Wars: Setting Standards Technological Innovation 1918-1940: Sharper, Clearer, Deeper X-Rays in the Imagination: The Avant-Garde Through Surrealism
Beyond The X-Ray
The Perfect Slice: The Story of CT Scanning A Subtler Slice: Magnetic Resonance Imaging From the Inside Out: PET (Positron Emission Tomography) in Nuclear Medicine Looking Through Women: The Development of Ultrasound and Mammography The Transparent Body in Late Twentieth-Century Culture
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