Radiation Evangelists : Technology, Therapy, and Uncertainty at the Turn of the Century Hardback
Radiation Evangelists explores x-ray and radium therapy in the United States and Great Britain during a crucial period of its development, from 1896 to 1925.
It focuses on the pioneering work of early advocates in the field, the "radiation evangelists" who, motivated by their faith in a new technology, trust in new energy sources, and hope for future breakthroughs, turned a blind eye to the dangers of radiation exposure.
Although ionizing radiation effectively treated diseases like skin infections and cancers, radiation therapists - who did not need a medical education to develop or administer procedures or sell tonics containing radium - operated in a space of uncertainty about exactly how radiation worked or would affect human bodies. And yet radium, once a specialized medical treatment, would eventually become a consumer health product associated with the antibacterial properties of sunlight.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 228 pages, 43 b&w
- Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
- Publication Date: 17/03/2020
- Category: History of medicine
- ISBN: 9780822946090