First Human X-Ray in the United States, taken Feb 5, 1896

X-Ray of a human hand, taken Feb 5, 1896

NYU Professor of Physics Daniel Webster Hering was a pioneer in the field of x-ray radiography. He is credited with taking the first human x-ray in the United States on February 5, 1896 at Bellevue Hospital. Additionally, under Hering's direction, NYU was one of the first American universities to encourage classroom experimentation, replacing the formerly prevalent recitation of “Natural Philosophy,” with active student experience of the scientific process.

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