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February 15, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(7):336. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430590038006

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The general interest in the recent discovery of Prof. Roentgen, the details of which now fill the daily press and which were at first received with incredulity by the public as probably a scientific hoax, seems to call for some notice in the Journal. Its medical or surgical possibilities which are already the subject of experiments in this country and Europe make this mention the more timely and appropriate in a purely medical publication.

In regard to the scientific question as to whether the results obtained by experimenters are due to the previously recognized cathode rays or to a new form of radiation as Prof. Roentgen suggests we can of course express no opinion; it is a matter to be decided by physicists. The fact that we have, however, a force, for that is what it may be called, that will act on the sensitive chemicals of the photographic plate

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