Tuesday, November 11, 2014
The Jackson prize is given to the best article published in the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences During the Preceeding three years.
The award citation read in part:
The committee was impressed with the paper’s conception of the “taming of x-ray technology,” charting a path as clinical x-rays moved from being a miraculous, enticing novelty to become nearly invisibly woven into routine care. The patient’s perceptions of clinical x-rays as a fantastically potent but unpredictable technique faded, yielding ground to an emerging perception of radiation as a “subtle, cumulative and insidious threat.” The paper draws skillfully from trends in the history of technology and cultural history to explore the changing perception of what has become a constituent technology of modern medical care.