he human mind despite the biological hazard. Our perceptions of it have shaped policy in arenas as diverse as medical care, energy, and international relations.
With the discovery of X-rays by Roentgen, coin-operated fluoroscopes appeared on city streets. Exhibitions where people bathed themselves under X-rays to amuse customers became popular. Even propaganda claiming the beautifying effects of X-ray radiation caught the attention of many women in the early twentieth-century.
Thanks to the efforts of Madam Marie Curie who had discovered the radioactive properties of Radium. The idea of a new element that could change into some other form while giving off mysterious rays was electrifying to both the scientific community and the public.
The public wanted radiation in everything, and business was happy to satisfy the craving. Radium was made available in the form of drink, toothpaste, and cigarette holder. Radioactive hot springs were regarded a sign of luxury then. Even claims of miraculous cures by radiation, such as giving sight to the blind, were commonplace in this century's first decade.
However, radiation has not been able to enjoy the benefits of fame and glory for long.
Disgrace to radiation dates back to as early as 1896 with reports of vision problems and skin damage in radiation workers. The fall of radiation was further hastened in the 1930s by the death of the wristwatch dial painters, who ingested tiny amounts of radiation during work. They were so thoroughly imbued with radiation that their teeth could expose photographic film.
It was soon learnt that “ Science is bad master but a good slave”. Man was capable enough to exploit radiation in a constructive and efficient way. Some examples are the application of radiation in medical diagnosis, food processing, treatment of cancer and communication systems and the list goes on. Members of the scientific community have been wise Page: 1 2 3 Related medicine news :1
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