The Head Bone's Connected To The Neck Bone: The Weird, Wacky, and Wonderful X-Ray

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A fascinating look at a scientific discovery that changed the world.

Through an engaging text and numerous photographs and illustrations, Carla Killough McClafferty tells the history of the X-ray, from its discovery to its uses today. The story begins in 1895, when Wilhelm Roentgen accidentally saw the bones of his own hand while experimenting with cathode rays in his laboratory in Germany. His gift to science led to an amazing revolution in medicine, but not without a terrible price: it was only through many scientists' injuries and deaths that the dangers of X-ray exposure were revealed. McClafferty's chronicle also covers such things as the use of X-rays in examining fine art and identifying forgeries; the study of Egyptian mummies by X-rays; and X-ray use in everything from astronomy to paleontology, from airplane manufacture to the familiar dentist's office.

McClafferty writes with an infectious excitement about her subject, with plenty of humor and respect for her intended young audience.

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Carla Killough McClafferty is a certified Radiologic Technologist. This is her first book for children. She lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Gr 6-10-The fascinating and often strange history of the X-ray is traced from its accidental discovery by Wilhelm Roentgen in 1895 through its extremely sophisticated, life-saving uses today. Its early applications, often unwittingly hazardous and/or comical, included near sideshow antics wherein crowds gathered to see their own bones or create X-ray portraits of themselves, as well as creative ones, such as Thomas Edison's harnessing the power into a machine with medical diagnostic potential. McClafferty's chronicling of examples of the uses and abuses and "schemes and dreams" of the discovery, as well as the delayed realization of its dangers, makes for interesting reading. There are occasional dips into patronization of its adolescent audience. ("The only way underwear could be X-ray-proof would be if it was made from lead. OUCH!") Ouch, indeed. Black-and-white archival photos appear on nearly every page with engrossing documented explanations. Art applications through current medical and industrial uses, along with a nod at future possibilities, are also discussed. Students will applaud this book, even if teachers wince at the occasional hokeyness.

Mary R. Hofmann, Rivera Middle School, Merced, CA

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