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Dr MacIntyre's X-Ray Film and X-Ray Cabinet

Some early medical technology

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These two short films edited together firstly feature the first X-ray cinematograph film ever taken (of a frog's knee) filmed at Glasgow Royal Infirmary by Dr John Macintyre and shown at the London Royal Society. The second part of the film shows the movement in the stomach after Bismuth Meal. We then see a shot of a man behind an x-ray screen on which his x-ray is clearly visible. Another man sits on a chair to the right of the screen.

Questions & Activities


  • What is an x-ray used for?
  • Who in the class has had an X-Ray?
  • Why do you think this film was made?
  • What is a bismuth meal?
  • How safe do you think it was for the man sitting next the man behind the x-ray cabinet?


Health and Wellbeing / Science: What advances have been made in scanning and screening medical technology since the film was made?

Science / Health and Wellbeing: How were X-Rays discovered? What potential dangers do they have?

Health and Wellbeing: What happens to food in your tummy?

Health and Wellbeing / Science: What job does the heart do in the body? Can you find your pulse? How many times does your heart beat in a minute/day/week/year?

Health and Wellbeing / ICT / English: Watch the clip followed by 'Health of a City - (clip 2)'. Create a multi-media presenation/talk/diagram/film on the importance of x-rays.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-095-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0520+0838
Date 18961909c
Genre Documentary, Medical, Scientific
School Subject Science, Technologies, Health and Wellbeing
Subject Matter Victorians
Who Dr John Macintyre (scientist)
Where Glasgow Royal Infirmary
Event Science
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 2:20
Film Length 02:20