Quantity: 1 available
1909 RARE FIRST EDITION OF MONOGRAPH BY PIONEER OF RADIUM THERAPY FOR CANCER, WHO SUCCUMBED TO LONG-TERM EXPOSURE TO RADIATION. 7 1/4 inches tall, original green cloth binding, bright gilt title to cover, portrait frontis of author with tissue guard, photographic illustrations throughout. Half title page clipped at top with no loss of text, residue from library pocket on back paste-down, no other library marks. Overall very good. HEBER ROBARTS (1852-1922), a founding member and the first President of the Roentgen Society of the United States (later to become the American Roentgen Ray Society), while one of the earliest to establish himself in the use of the roentgenrays and of radium for the purposes of diagnosis and treatment, was by good fortune among the latter-day group of martyrs to this application of science, and at an age well beyond the usual allotment of years accorded to those who have finally met death through the chronic effect of radiation upon the skin. Robarts died on May-day of 1922. As he was one of the first of that great band of medical men everywhere to embrace with enthusiasm the successive Communications of Professor Roentgen, it follows that over twenty-five years elapsed before he finally succumbed to the terminal effects of his long exposure.