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Digital Image - X-ray Department, Melbourne Hospital, circa 1897 Image Reg. No: MM 117225

Digital image reproduced form a half-plate glass negative of the first x-ray equipment at Melbourne Hospital, circa 1897. Dr. Frederick John Clendinnen, pioneering Melbourne radiologist, and first radiologist at Melbourne Hospital, is operating the equipment, observed by a nurse and other doctors.
Digital black and white image
Statement Of Significance:
Dr Frederick J. Clendinnen established the first x-ray equipment at Melbourne Hospital in Lonsdale Street, Melbourne in 1896, not long after Wilhelm Roentgen had first demonstrated x-rays in Germany in late 1895. This image depicts the first equipment at Melbourne Hospital, the major teaching and research hospital in Melbourne.

Frederick John Clendinnen (1860-1913) was a pioneering radiologist in Melbourne. He began taking x-rays in 1896, shortly after Wilhelm Roentgen's discovery of x-rays in 1895. Clendinnen established a laboratory at the back of his home and medical practice in Williams Road, Hawksburn, In 1896 he became the first radiologist at Melbourne Hospital.
Description Of Content:
Dr Frederick J. Clendinnen operating Melbourne's Hospital's first x-ray equipment. Two other doctors and a nurse observe him using the apparatus, apparently on a male patient's arm or hand.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from John Benson, 2011
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: hospitals, radiography, x-ray equipment, radiographic equipment, x-ray tubes
Themes this item is part of: Medicine in Society Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Medical Technology
Tertiary Classification: x-ray equipment
Format: Digital Still Image: Black & White
Organisation Depicted: Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1897
Person Depicted: Dr Frederick Clendinnen, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1897

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