Medicine: Skeleton's Calling Card

One of the first X-ray pictures ever made had nothing to do with pure science. In 1895, German Physicist Wilhelm Konrad Roentgen made an X-ray photograph of his wife's hand, to make her appreciate the work he was doing and forgive him for having slighted her cooking.

In San Francisco last week, X rays of the hand were getting more expert attention. Before a meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, Britain's Dr. James F. Brailsford reported that such pictures can help in the diagnosis of important body ailments.

The hand, explained Dr. Brailsford,...

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