“X” is for X-ray

I wasn’t sure I would be able to find a topic relevant to the Panama-Pacific International Exposition for the letter X. Turned out my instincts was correct. So far, I’d been unable to find anything listed in the indices of my favorite books.

Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 8.51.27 PMI started thinking about X-rays because they are so obvious. I longtime fame of Madame Curie, I remembered something about her and the Xray from one of my childhood favorites, a ladybird book.

Growing up in Ireland, my mom always gave me a couple of Ladybird book at Christmas and on my birthday. These thin books were a sort of precursor to the Dorling Kindersley (DK) Books in topic though focused on a single story and without all the callouts and extensive photography. Both series are wonderful for children.

Madame Curie driving an Xray equipped vehicle in World War I

Madame Curie driving an Xray equipped vehicle in World War I

I tried a few searches for the topic of X-rays and the PPIE, and was surprised to learn something new: the Panama-Pacific International Exposition had a working X-ray machine in its hospital and several manufacturers were at the expo selling similar machines for use in clinical settings.

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The Adjuster, Vol. 50, p. 127, 1915

JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, Volume 66, p. 53

JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, Volume 66, p. 53

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