This tumblr's for all the great men and women of science for whom we owe our current understanding of the natural world; their achievements, their failures, and even their quirks, we celebrate them all.
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Polydactyly is the anatomical abnormality of having more than the usual number of digits on the hands orfeet. It is a congenital abnormality, usually geneticallyinherited as an autosomal dominant trait. There are several varieties of polydactyly; this X-ray photographshows a left hand with middle ray duplication. In Western societies, the additional digits are usuallysurgically removed during early life.
Hand mit Ringen
Hand with Rings
Print of Wilhelm Röntgen’s first “medical” X-ray, of his wife’s hand, taken on 22 December 1895 and presented to Ludwig Zehnder of the Physik Institut, University of Freiburg, on 1 January 1896.
When his wife, Anna Bertha, saw her skeleton she exclaimed “I have seen my death!”