Just as they had done during the Civil War, surgeons in the Spanish-American War recorded their handiwork with cameras. Physicians were also beginning to create images with a much more radical impact on medicine—the newly invented x-ray. The machine helped surgeons to find bullets without having to perform life-threatening exploratory surgery, and in some cases permitted them to avoid surgery altogether.
Image from The Face of Mercy – A Photographic History of Medicine at War – The Burns Archive. (Image found at LiquidNight tumblr)
Photograph from The Burns Archive, San Francisco, California, 1898 (x-rays were first discovered in 1895 and were used for medical purposes one year later)Other similar posts