Free Chest X-rays!

Original file on flickr commons here

In this photo from 1957, Florida's Health Department unveils a mobile X-ray unit. I am unaware of what 'free' in this case entails, but it creates visions of folk just wandering up and thinking "you know what, I always wanted a CXR". Not wanting to get into health politics, but it is a far cry from the 'co-payment' being proposed in Australia for all x-rays. 

For those interested, here are a couple of links to get you started:


Image source:

State officials with the Health Department's mobile X-ray unit in Tallahassee, Florida, September 24, 1957.  No known copyright restrictions. Original file on flickr commons here


Dr Frank Gaillard is a neuroradiologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, and is the Founder and Editor of

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Publication date: 29th Jun 2014 04:22 UTC

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