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Radiology in a Trench Coat
Military Radiology on the Western Front During the Great War
René Van Tiggelen; Jan Dirckx, trans.

2013 • 240 pp. 51 color, 281 black and white illus. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
World War I / Medicine & Public Health / World History

$39.00 Hardcover, 978-90-382-1939-4

A new medical discipline reaching full adulthood during the First World War

A year from now we commemorate the centenary of The Great War, gone down in history as the first industrial war, a brutal slaughter on a scale never experienced before. In Flanders’ Fields and on the French and German front lines an adolescent medical discipline, barely nineteen years old, reached full adulthood: radiology. This diagnostic specialty’s unique significance was recognized by all other medical specialties from the first days of its existence. The circumstances of the war propelled radiology’s development in ultra–fast forward. In addition to the diagnosis of fracture and disease, the localization of projectiles was its outstanding priority. Antibiotics were not yet in existence; thus the immediate removal of a foreign body was extremely critical since preventing infection was practically the sole guarantee for the healing, if not the survival of the wounded soldier.

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RENÉ VAN TIGGELEN graduated in medicine at the University of Louvain and specialized in radiology. Simultaneously he obtained a degree in social medicine and hospital management. He made a career as radiologist in the Belgian army, taught bone radiology at the University of Brussels and founded the Belgian Museum of Radiology in 1990.

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