How to See inside a French Milkman

Peter Campbell

  • Naked to the Bone: Medical Imaging in the 20th Century by Bettyann Holtzmann Kevles
    Rutgers, 380 pp, $35.95, January 1997, ISBN 0 8135 2358 3

We know the Insides of our bodies intimately. We suffer and enjoy spasms, orgasms, pains, shivers, stomach heaves, heart-beats, knee trembles and twinges. We make guesses about the causes of burps, rumbles, farts, sweats, swellings, flushes and rashes. We may even get a glance, by way of a nasty accident, at a bit of bone. But in other ways we know our insides hardly at all. We are vague about what they look like. Even when we have the words – spleen, kidney and so forth – the associated pictures are often schematic or gleaned from the supermarket meat counter.

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