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Source: Western Electrician
Source type: journal
Document type: editorial
Document title: none
Author(s): anonymous
Date of publication: 14 September 1901
Volume number: 29
Issue number: 11
Pagination: 168

[untitled]. Western Electrician 14 Sept. 1901 v29n11: p. 168.
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William McKinley (medical care: use of X-rays).
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James A. Garfield.



     While everyone will rejoice if it shall not be necessary to use the X-ray on the body of the president, to locate the bullet for a second operation, it is indicative of the general concern that the leading skiagraphers and Roentgen-apparatus makers of the country have hastened to put their services and appliances at the disposal of the surgeons attending the distinguished patient in Buffalo. By a coincidence that may possibly become important the Roentgen Society of the United States is scheduled to hold its annual meeting in Buffalo this very week. With previous offers and with the men and apparatus drawn out by this convention, it will be seen that the best the country has to offer in X-ray outfits and manipulation is at the disposal of the president’s medical advisers. It is interesting to reflect, also, that this means of detecting foreign substances in the body is entirely a development of the science of physics within the last seven years. If the X-ray had been known at the time Garfield was shot, many of the perplexities and mistakes of the surgeons during that trying period would have been avoided.



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