Didn’t think I could find an X word relating to one of my favorite topics of pirates, spies, war, or Scotland, did you? Ha! I’m about to prove you wrong, but first I have to give a big thanks to my friend Kathy who suggested it to me.
In 1895, x-rays were discovered and quickly put into use by military surgeons with the help of Marie Curie. She realized that broken bones, bullets, and shrapnel were much easier to find with these handy-dandy pictures so she raised money for radiology equipment and convinced manufacturers to turn autos into mobile units the boys called ‘petite Curies’ and headed out to the front with her anatomy books, 17 year old daughter, and a military doctor in tow.
One of the biggest limitations for x-rays was the need for electricity. How are you supposed to find that on a battlefield? Easy. With a motor , a few cables, and an inductor. Now, I don’t know how that works, but it did and saved hundreds, if not thousands, of lives. Something so costly and useful could never fall into the enemy’s hands. The last thing you want is for the enemy to get all patched up before your own troops so their safety was ferociously guarded. By the way, it’s called X because at the time of discovery, their nature was unknown. Thank goodness we now know the amazing life-saving possibilities they tell us.