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August 1934

Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen and the Early History of the Roentgen Rays

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1934;30(2):331. doi:10.1001/archderm.1934.01460140157023

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This biography of Roentgen will be of interest to dermatologists. The first part is taken up with topics that primarily concern Roentgen: the discovery of the rays, Roentgen's first communications, the sensation that the discovery produced and an account of Roentgen the scientist and the man, first by the author and then in the form of personal reminiscences by Margaret Boveri. These intimate considerations of Roentgen and his work take up approximately the first 200 pages. In the next 250 pages are considered almost every topic that has a bearing on the history of the roentgen rays themselves and their scientific development and application, such as fluoroscopy, the use of the rays in medical diagnosis and in warfare, their physiologic effects, the development of apparatus and similar topics and, finally, a bibliography. This section is a treasury of historical information on roentgenology. The author has done well. His style is

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