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When sight penetrates the body : the use and promotion of stereoscopic radiography in Britain, 1896–1918

ContributorsGallay, Antoine
PublisherNew York : Routledge
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  • Science and the arts since 1750
Publication date2019
Abstract

The stereoscopic method should reproduce the physiological conditions of natural binocular vision in order to provide a true relief. The importance of stereoscopy for British radiography should be neither underestimated, nor reduced to its usefulness in medical diagnosis. Stereoradiography was also useful as a fashionable technique to collect and record information and to attract medical students and practitioners, as a means of self-promotion within the profession, and as a way to entertain and delight the eyes of even the most serious physicians. The practical utility of stereoradiography was obviously the main argument physicians used to promote the technique, but it cannot be easily separated from underlying functions. Stereoradiography did not appear in Britain to satisfy medical need, but, rather, as a technological improvement of radiography intended for commercial applications. Shortly after Conrad Willemv Roentgen's discovery, radiography had indeed appeared especially useful to localize small objects lodged inside the body

Funding
  • Swiss National Science Foundation - Doc.ch
Citation (ISO format)
GALLAY, Antoine. When sight penetrates the body : the use and promotion of stereoscopic radiography in Britain, 1896–1918. In: Visualizing the body in art, anatomy, and medicine since 1800 : models and modeling. New York : Routledge, 2019. p. 105–127. (Science and the arts since 1750)
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  • PID : unige:153662
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