Why Music Object Spotlight
As Radio 3 takes up residence at Wellcome Collection in London to explore what makes music a vital part of being human, comedian and actor, Gryff Rhys Jones explores a history of health through objects on display.
Pohl Omniskop X-Ray Machine
Made in Kiel, Germany, 1925-1935.
- X-rays were discovered by Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen on the 8th of November 1895
- This omniscope is over two metres tall and the patient was strapped in the middle, so the doctor could rotate the x-ray around them, taking individual snapshots
- It was owned by German Jewish doctor Ernst Rachwalsky, who worked in Berlin in the 1920s and specialised in stomach problems
- The machine was imported to the UK when Ernst emigrated after life became increasingly dangerous for Jewish people in Germany following the rise of the Nazi Party
- Ernst used it until his retirement in 1962.
Image: Science Museum, London
This is one of five objects explored as part of Why Music a partnership between BBC Radio 3 and Wellcome Collection.