Photograph of an X-ray of Prince George's right hand, Merseyside, England, 1932
Taken in June 1932 at the Merseyside Hospitals Exhibition in Liverpool, this print of an original X-ray shows the right hand of the then Prince George, later to become the Duke of York in 1934. Rather than being made for medical reasons, such hand X-rays were often made for famous people as a souvenir of their visit to a hospital or exhibition. X-rays were first discovered in 1895 by Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (1845-1923), and the potential of being able to look inside the body without resorting to surgery was quickly realised by physicians. Despite this, take up of the technology was initially slow, and it was not until the 1930s that most hospitals in the United Kingdom had specialist X-ray departments and equipment.
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Glossary: x-ray photograph
An internal image of the body that is produced by exposing a photographic plate to X-rays.