X-Ray Tube

X-Ray Tube

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Description
Early cold cathode two electrode glass x-ray tube. The target for the electrons seems to be at the terminus of the tube rather than a metal anticathode. Emil Grubbé (1875–1960), the donor, was a homeopathic physician in Chicago who assembled an x-ray machine in 1896 and used it to treat a patient with cancer—perhaps becoming the first person to use radiation for this purpose.
Ref: Paul C. Hodges, The Life and Times of Emil H. Grubbe (1964).
Emil Grubbe, X-Ray Treatment: Its Origins, Birth, and Early History (St. Paul and Minneapolis, 1949).
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
X-Ray Tube
tube, x-ray
Other Terms
X-Ray Tube; Radiography
associated dates
1941 10 11 / 1941 10 11
associated place
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 16 cm x 60 cm x 9.5 cm; 6 5/16 in x 23 5/8 in x 3 3/4 in
ID Number
MG.M-05007
accession number
161220
catalog number
M-05007
Credit Line
Gift of Emil Grubbé
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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