Image with Commentary

October 2015

On November 8, 1895 German physicist, Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (1845 -1923), placed his hand between a vacuum tube and a sheet of photographic film and captured the world's first X-ray image. Six weeks later he mailed his colleagues the famous photograph of the left hand of his wife, Anna Bertha, showing the bones and wedding ring on her fourth finger.

Modern medical imaging technology would astound scientists living at the fin de siècle. Röntgen would be amazed to see an X-ray image manipulated on a screen without chemical processing. He would delight in the medical possibilities which result from an image of the body that can not only be viewed several feet away from the operating room table but also simultaneously thousands of miles away. (2015)

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