Radiation Oncology and the MGH 1896–1945



Radiology literally erupted onto the medical and scientific community following publication of the paper by Wilhelm Conrad Röentgen on December 28, 1895, describing the discovery of new rays. The immediacy of the impact on the world was strikingly evident by the speed with which physics laboratories, hospitals, and clinics began assembling equipment. Within a year there was a substantial and positive experience using radiographs for diagnosis and a beginning of testing of their very low kVp beams as treatment for superficial lesions. Reflecting the literally fantastic excitement in medicine and physics generated by Röentgen’s paper were the >1000 scientific papers and ~50 books during 1896 on the new rays [6].


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Radiation OncologyMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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