This contribution is a pseudo- or para-scientific contribution: we do not present any work in progress or results of research, but rather outline the history of the discovery of X-rays and the application to radiotherapy, even if frequently the first approach was not straightforward and scientific but the result of an unexpected stroke of luck. We briefly sketch the knowledge about cancer in the XIXth century, the discovery of X-rays at the end of that century, some very early applications to therapy and the attempts to quantify in energy and dose these new rays. Some of the principles we still use, go back to the end of XIXth century.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAnnalen van de Belgische Vereniging voor Stralingsbescherming
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2006

    Research areas

  • radiology radiotherapy

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