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Historia medicinae
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Henry Snowden Ward (1865–1911), photographer & author of the first X-ray textbook: Practical Radiography (May 1896)

Richard F. Mould
Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology 2012;62(4):305-314.

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Vol 62, No 4 (2012)
Historia medicinae
Published online: 2012-09-01

Abstract

This article is a biography of H. Snowden Ward, who was a professional photographer, Editor of “The Photogram”
magazine, itinerant lecturer in England in 1896 on X-rays, and the author of the world’s first textbook on X-rays “Practical
Radiography” which was published in May 1896 and went into three editions with the later editions, 1898 and
1901, expanded and co-authored with Adolph Isenthal, a manufacturer in London of electrical apparatus and X-ray
apparatus. Ward was a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and a founding member of the Röntgen Society.
The descriptions and press opinions of his lecture on the “New Light & New Photography” are perhaps unique, but
they are valuable in that they transport us back in time to the very early days of X-rays before medical men took over
responsibility for X-ray applications, and the field was organised by photographers and some physicists and electrical
engineers. The article concludes with a selected bibliography of Snowden Ward’s books. These include publications
about Charles Dickens, Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and William Shakespeare.

Abstract

This article is a biography of H. Snowden Ward, who was a professional photographer, Editor of “The Photogram”
magazine, itinerant lecturer in England in 1896 on X-rays, and the author of the world’s first textbook on X-rays “Practical
Radiography” which was published in May 1896 and went into three editions with the later editions, 1898 and
1901, expanded and co-authored with Adolph Isenthal, a manufacturer in London of electrical apparatus and X-ray
apparatus. Ward was a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and a founding member of the Röntgen Society.
The descriptions and press opinions of his lecture on the “New Light & New Photography” are perhaps unique, but
they are valuable in that they transport us back in time to the very early days of X-rays before medical men took over
responsibility for X-ray applications, and the field was organised by photographers and some physicists and electrical
engineers. The article concludes with a selected bibliography of Snowden Ward’s books. These include publications
about Charles Dickens, Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and William Shakespeare.
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Title

Henry Snowden Ward (1865–1911), photographer & author of the first X-ray textbook: Practical Radiography (May 1896)

Journal

Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology

Issue

Vol 62, No 4 (2012)

Pages

305-314

Published online

2012-09-01

Bibliographic record

Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology 2012;62(4):305-314.

Authors

Richard F. Mould

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