A bit of “irrational exuberance” about medical breakthroughs from the 1930’s

There are lots of medical discoveries today that are breathlessly hyped far beyond what their actual benefits are likely to be. This, apparently, is not a new phenomenon, as this story shows.

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(Click on the pictures above for larger images of all four pages of the article, which appeared in 1939.)

On the other hand, given the advances in medical care that have come about because of X-rays, such as radiographs, CT scans, nuclear medicine scans, and the use of radiation to treat cancer, this story is actually not exaggerating all that much. Unfortunately, there didn’t appear to be a clue back then about the downside of this technology, you know, little things like the fact that too much exposure to X-rays can cause cancer.