X-Ray Solves Secret of Life (Jun, 1939)
It’s funny how sometimes people have all the information they need but they don’t put it together. This article talks about X-Raying people’s heads to immunize them against getting a cold, then about how X-Rays increase the rate of mutation by 150 times in experiments. In hindsight it seems obvious to ask if irradiating your head with a mutating beam of energy is a good idea. Though I guess that’s better than using X-Rays to shave.
X-Ray Solves Secret of Life
Thanks to the discovery of X-ray, secrets of man and metal lay revealed to the world today. Continued study with this tool of science is destined to uncover further mysteries of life and plunge man into fabulous adventures that may change civilization.
IF YOU break an arm today, chances are the broken member will be thoroughly X-rayed before and after the fracture is set. But don’t walk out of the hospital X-ray room believing the only use of the X-ray is for examination of broken bones.
The X-ray is more than the tool of the surgeon. It is a force in the change of civilization. So great a force is it in changing of sex, the reduction of infection, radio and telephone, and a score of other fields that scientists are beginning to wonder if it is not the single greatest force shaping our development toward the Utopia towards which all scientific achievement points.
May Grant Legal Permits to Die (Feb, 1932)
Dr. Kevorkian just got out of prison this week, but physician assisted suicide was an issue long before he ever made the news.
May Grant Legal Permits to Die
LEGAL permission to seek death when confronted by certainty of intense suffering from incurable disease, was recently advocated by an eminent physician. At present many unfortunates each year are compelled to die in agony from cancer or other painful diseases when painless, immediate death would be kinder. Harrowing scenes occur when such patients beg their friends or physicians for release by death; something which no physician now dares grant however much he, the relatives and the victim may wish it.
Kinsey’s Study of Female Sex Behavior (Sep, 1953)
I love the phrase “petted to climax”. “Yeah, Sally and I went behind old Mr. Millers barn and we… well.. we petted to climax. It was hot!”
This is a pretty fair and thorough review of the Kinsey Study published just before the actual book became available.
A Social Scientist’s Evaluation of Kinsey’s Study of Female Sex Behavior
Amram Scheinfeld takes issue with the startling conclusions in the most widely heralded sex study of modern times
Well. the Kinsey report on female sex lifeâ€”the most feverishly awaited, most wildly speculated on, most sensationally publicized book in historyâ€”is open for inspection at long last. And we can all breathe easier.
True, it makes many interesting disclosuresâ€”and some disturbing and surprising onesâ€”about the girls and women interviewed by the Kinsey team. Also, it boldly attacks many of our existing sex standards with blistering arguments plainly slanted against chastity and in favor of what used to be called free love. But for the most part, it is a technical treatise offering little that is startlingly new and much that is doubtful. It definitely does not measure up to the expectations of a shattering blast that was to upset all our sex thinking and change the whole pattern of our lives.
Sensational Study of HEREDITY May Produce New Race of Men (Nov, 1934)
This article is all over the place, but the last sentence is pretty prescient considering that the discovery of DNA was still 20 years away:
“Will other unknown rays, in combination with a life-chart like Morgan’s, enable man to analyze and rearrange the genes of mankind and build a new race of supermen?
Given what I’ve learned by watching the documentary series Heroes, I think it’s clear they succeeded.
Sensational Study of HEREDITY May Produce New Race of Men
By Sterling Gleason
BLACK light, heat, and X-rays are being used by experimenters in sensational efforts to solve the mysteries of heredity. Workers in a score of laboratories in many different countries are delving for secrets locked in the living animal cell.
From their discoveries may emerge a new human race, stronger, more intelligent, and better able to resist disease. As the first step, they have produced an amazing chart by which the character of generations of flies yet unborn can be accurately foretold.
SWIMMERS PEPPED UP BY WHIFF OF PURE OXYGEN (Oct, 1934)
I love that they store the oxygen in a bag.
SWIMMERS PEPPED UP BY WHIFF OF PURE OXYGEN
Athletes were transformed into super-swimmers in a recent test at Springfield College, Mass. Each of the swimmers was given two deep breaths of pure oxygen before he leaped into the water. Holding their breath until they had entered the tank, eleven of the seventeen youths taking part beat their own previous records in a 100-yard dash through the water.