Views & Reviews Review of the Week

The man with x ray eyes

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 22 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1193
  1. Arpan Banerjee, consultant radiologist, Heart of England Foundation NHS Trust
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    Nick Veasey is the latest in a series of photographers to find beauty in the art of medical imaging, finds Arpan Banerjee

    Ever since Wilhelm Röntgen’s discovery of x rays in 1895, when a shadowy image of the bones of his wife’s hand appeared on a screen, medical imaging has fascinated photographers. One of the pioneer radiologists in Britain, John Hall Edwards, was an accomplished photographer who won many medals and was an honorary fellow of the Royal Photographic Society at the time of Röntgen’s discovery. One of his early lectures to the Midlands Medical Society in 1896 was entitled “The New Shadow Photography,” and he wrote about the early x ray techniques in the Photographic Review.

    Thus we can see that radiology and photography have, historically, not been the …

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