Naked to the Bone: Medical Imaging in the Twentieth Century (Paperback)
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Short Description for Naked to the Bone The author shows how X-rays and the subsequent daughter technologies - CT, MRI, PET, ultrasound - transformed the practice of medicine (from paediatrics to neurosurgery), the rules of evidence in courts, and the vision of artists.
- Published: 19 March 1998
- Format: Paperback 394 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780201328332 ISBN 10: 020132833X
- Sales rank: 368,244
Full description for Naked to the Bone
A century ago, the living body, like most of the material world, was opaque. Then Wilhelm Roentgen captured and X-ray image of his wifes fingerher wedding ring floating around a white boneand 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 technologiesCT, MRI, PET, ultrasoundtransformed the practice of medicine (from pediatrics to neurosurgery), the rules of evidence in courts, and the vision of artists.