Creator

Date Original

1950s

Description

This black and white photograph shows a demonstration of the x-ray machine in the Tuberculosis Center at the State Health Department offices in Little Rock. X-rays were key in the diagnosis process for Tuberculosis, a disease that once affected one in sixty people in Arkansas and accounted for one in seven deaths. X-rays proved to be the most effective way to diagnosis active cases of Tuberculosis, but the struggle, which continued well in the 1940s, was in finding access to a machine and someone trained to read the films once produced.

Physical Description

Photograph, 8" x 10"

Subjects

Medical equipment & supplies; Medical education; Medicine

Geographical Area

Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.)

Language

English

Identifier

G1905

Resource Type

Image

Collection

General photo file

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

X-Ray Machine at the Tuberculosis Center, State Health Department, General photo file, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

Disciplines

United States History

Comments

It is always interesting to see how public health campaigns and medical treatments change over time. Everyone has probably had an x-ray at least once in their lives, so getting an opportunity to see how the process and the equipment have changed is pretty neat. And in this case, we're talking about a disease that is still very present in our society, so the image also provides a window into diagnosis procedure in the mid-twentieth century that is still very relevant today. - Lauren Jarvis

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X-Ray Machine at the Tuberculosis Center, State Health Department

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