"Great serendipities of our history"
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Fraga Flores Diego Muñoz Méndez Mariana Regina Peña Fonseca Gael Quiroz García Jesús Andrés
Wurzburg, Baviera 1895
I accidentally discovered the x-rays.
Wilhelm Roentgen, Professor of Physics
I was born March 27, 1845Lennep, Kingdom of Prussia.
Dr. Roentgen on November 8, 1895 produced electromagnetic radiation while testing whether cathode rays could pass through glass.
I had a cathode tube that was covered in heavy black paper.
So I was surprised when an incandescent green light escaped.
I saw that it was being projected on a nearby fluorescent screen.
Through experimentation, I found that mysterious light would pass through most substances but leave shadows from solid objects.
Roentgen quickly found that X-rays would pass through human tissue too, rendering the bones and tissue beneath visible.
Because he did not know what the rays were, I called them 'X,' meaning 'unknown,' rays.
Thinking of a name
Doctors around the world were using X-rays to locate gun shots, bone fractures, kidney stones and swallowed objects.X-rays are especially useful in detecting skeletal diseases.