Medicine: Making the Body Transparent

The mysteries of illness are revealed as never before

The throbbing of the brain to the beat of the heart, the coursing of blood through a maze of vessels, the dance of molecules in a working muscle, the stealthy growth of a tumor. For generations doctors have hunted for ways to see through skin and bone and into the whirring processes of life. The discovery of the X ray in 1895 by Wilhelm Roentgen opened the first window into the living body and inaugurated a new age in medicine. But anyone who has ever glanced at an X-ray film can perceive...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!