Naked to the Bone Medical Imaging in the Twentieth Century

Naked to the Bone Medical Imaging in the Twentieth Century A century ago the living body like most of the material world was opaue 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 subseuent 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

6 thoughts on “Naked to the Bone Medical Imaging in the Twentieth Century

  1. says:

    Naked To The Bone by Bettyann Holtzmann Kevels for me was very uninteresting I kept trying to read it but it only repeated what it had already said previously in the book I thought it was going to be a book about the transformation of medical imaging but it only talked about the change of x rays not MRI's or CT scans It was in my personal opinion a very boring book it didn't hook my attention like a lot of medical books do This is rea

  2. says:

    It's a good book Great historical narration of all imaging modalities how we went from one to the other and how the clinicians and public adopted them It's pretty tiring to read though it's almost like studying especially towards the latest chapters

  3. says:

    This was a surprisingly readable and entertaining book with lots of juicy trivia tidbits Amazing to see the impact of a technology on medical treatment but also society at large

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  5. says:

    Actually not very good

  6. says:

    Good if you're interested in history of medical imaging

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