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How We Made the First X-Ray


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Davidson College holds the claim of producing the first X-ray picture in the U.S. Three students, Osmond L. Barringer, Eben Hardie, and Pender Porter, broke into the physics lab and the medical school on January, 12, 1896. They stole cathode tubes and severed a broken finger from a cadaver in order to produce the first picture. It was not until much later the three realized they had made history for their alma mater and turned over the photograph. A picture of this X-ray appears in the December, 1976, issues of THE STATE.
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