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Book entitled, ‘Positioning in Radiography’, London, England, 1942

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Radiographers took the majority of X-rays. This was one of the first books specifically written for radiographers rather than doctors. It was published in 1939. It became hugely influential. Positioning in Radiography aimed to standardise the radiographic technique throughout hospitals. Most routine X-rays are now taken by professional radiographers. The interpretation remains the province of medically trained radiologists. Positioning in Radiography was written by a woman, Kathleen Clark. This is unusual for standard medical texts of the period. Clark had a remarkable career. She was one of the first qualified radiographers and later co-founded the School of Radiography at London’s Royal Northern Hospital.

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Glossary: book

A written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers. Usually continuous printing or writing.

Glossary: x-rays

A wave of electromagnetic radiation that has high energy and short wavelength. It is able to pass through many materials, except those of high density such as metals or bones. Discovered in 1895 by William Roentgen.

Glossary: radiography

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