The first medical paper on xrays was published in 1895. Thomas Edison got
involved in development and by 1896, they were becoming standard, but the early versions were dangerous because of over exposure. In 1901 President McKinley was shot twice with a .32 caliber pistol. The first slug was found
but not the second. He ordered Edison to come with his x-ray machine. The machine arrived but wasn't used and McKinley died of sepsis, or bacterial infection of the bowel, some weeks later.
Can anyone think of a case involving an Oklahoma outlaw prior to 1907 in which "the new fangled x-ray was used?"
The "Terror of Oklahoma," Al Jennings, was reportedly the first person in the territory to undergo this procedure after his wounding and capture in 1898. The details can be found in my book (Captain Jack and the Dalton Gang) on p. 27.
Thanks John, someone asked me and I couldn't remember the details. I really liked Dr. Leo Bennett's description of the event. Ol' Al couldn't forget he was a lawyer as well as a crook and threatened to sue the jailor if he got electrocuted...pretty funny.
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