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René F. Najera, DrPH

I'm a Doctor of Public Health, having studied at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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    I still own computers that are quite literally on display in computing museums.
    I can’t find a pacemaker that I had that currently is a museum piece.

    One museum piece I’d love to acquire and keep in operational condition, with safeties installed to prevent the intended use is an old shoe fitting fluoroscope.
    I’d accept it being able to emit x-rays until the cows come home until someone enters the room that it’s in or worse, steps onto the thing.
    Know the worst thing? On occasion, even today, someone stumbles upon one of these machines in a rural shoe store, sitting operational in a corner as a curiosity from the past.
    In spite of federal law ordering all such machines be disabled from emitting.
    I’d get an exception to policy, due to extreme precautions, but use it as an educational device. Something like putting a pig’s foot on the footplate and film where the employee would look at the image. In a heavily shielded room, with interrupts to prevent the possibility of exposure to ionizing radiation.

    Some things are so incredibly stupid that they should be preserved as a lesson in bad ideas that made it into the mainstream.


    1. But there’s nothing more natural than radiation. I need to remember to post the picture and story behind the box full of uranium rock at a roadside stand in Mexico. Probably irradiated all of us, but it was fun to watch.


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