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Breakthrough!: How the 10 Greatest Discoveries in Medicine Saved Millions and Changed Our View of the World by Jon Queijo

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5. I’m Looking Through You: The Discovery of X-Rays

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Mysteries, secrets, and revelations: four true stories...

Case 1: Up until two days ago, the six-week-old boy had been healthy, active, and alert, but when his left thigh suddenly swelled up, his worried mother brought him to the emergency room. Responding to routine questions, she told doctors that the child had not been injured by rough play or an accident. What could explain the swollen leg—a tumor, blood clot, or perhaps infection? The mystery was solved with a single X-ray: Emerging from a shadowy black background, the ghostly white glow revealed a left thigh bone that had been cleanly ...

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