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Gaston Contremoulins, 1869 - 1950

Visionary Pioneer of Radiology - Forgotten heritage

by Patrick Mornet (author), Cole A. Giller (translation), Jean-François Moreau (preface)
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How could a self-taught scholar of the calibre of Gaston Contremoulins be forgotten?

Driven by his fascination with photography and the discovery of X-rays by Roentgen in 1897, he was the first to invent a device capable of locating intracranial foreign bodies. He thus anticipated the development of stereotaxis, so crucial to modern medicine half a century later. He was recognized and appointed director of the main radiology department of Necker Hospital in Paris. Yet he was not a doctor!

His design of a complete radiological technology for three-dimensional visualization was a work of genius, foreshadowing the principles of the CT scanner. His interest in orthopedic problems led him to  develop sophisticated uses of radiographic images to manufacture prostheses and fusion instruments, thus founding a field he called «radiosurgery». He was a pioneer in radiation protection measures, fighting the widespread and erroneous belief that X-rays were harmless!

Although he was vigorously defended by the Academy of Science and the great surgeons of the Paris Hospital, his enemies managed to erase his name and work from the historical archives.

This work by Patrick Mornet places Contremoulins in his rightful position in the history of radiology: at the front!


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Language(s): English

Audience(s): General pubic, Extended public

Publisher: EDP Sciences

Edition: 1st edition

Collection: Sciences & Histoire / Sciences & History

Published: 18 march 2019

Reference eBook [ePub]: L30343

EAN13 Paper book: 9782759822294

EAN13 eBook [PDF]: 9782759822300

EAN13 eBook [ePub]: 9782759830343

Interior: Black & white

Format (in mm) Paper book: 16 x 24

Pages count Paper book: 192

Pages count eBook [PDF]: 195

Weight (in grammes): 500

Size: 15 Mo (PDF), 8,4 Mo (ePub)

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