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July 1, 1992

Radiology: An Illustrated History

Author Affiliations

Eckerd College St Petersburg, Fla

JAMA. 1992;268(1):138. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03490010144043

Professor Eisenberg has amassed a collection of photographs depicting the history of radiology. Wired-up gadgets, faces of pioneers, and primitive early glass x-ray tubes spraying unshielded radiation over fluoroscopists and patients alike give a shocking reality to this history text. Even if the reader doesn't understand technical language, the world's most astonishing scientific discovery and the medical advancements that followed can be appreciated through 979 illustrations.

When Roentgen published a photograph depicting the bones in his wife's hand, he touched off a chain reaction of research and discovery culminating in more than two dozen medical specialties referred to as "radiology." Rather than providing an overall chronology, Eisenberg treats each subspecialty as a separate history, sometimes leaving the reader wishing for a comparative time line. He takes the history of the field from the days of Isaac Newton to television-era developments like angiography and streptokinase.

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