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March 30, 1929

THE STATUS OF RADIOLOGY IN AMERICA

Author Affiliations

ROCHESTER, MINN.

From the Section on Radium and Roentgen-Ray Therapy, the Mayo Clinic.

JAMA. 1929;92(13):1035-1039. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700390005003
Abstract

In December, 1895, Roentgen announced to the world his epoch-making discovery of what, for want of a better name, he chose to call "x-rays." This announcement produced a sensation not only in scientific circles but also in the medical profession and even among laymen. So immediate and profound was the effect of this discovery that, within a few weeks, scientists and physicians in different countries were producing x-rays to acquaint themselves with them and to test their unique properties. Many physicians journeyed to Europe to study the potentialities of the new rays and returned to communicate their amazement and enthusiasm to their fellow practitioners. Among these a number of pioneers, convinced that roentgen rays would rapidly open a new chapter in medical practice, proceeded to equip themselves with the apparatus required to generate the rays, to familiarize themselves with the technic of their application, and to study the possible range

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