Turkish Neurosurgery
Some Interesting Points of Competition of X-Ray using during the Greco-Ottoman War in 1897 and Development of Neurosurgical Radiology: A Reminiscence
Ayhan Kanat1, Eleni Tsianaka2, Elena Romana Gasenzer3, Evangelos Drosos4
1Recep Tayyip Erdogan University Medical Faculty, Department of Neurosurgery, Rize,
2Dar Al Shifa Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery , Hawally,
3Carl-Remigius Medical School , epartment for Physician Assistance, Frankfurt am Main,
4Department of Family Medicine , Siatista Health Center, Siatista,
DOI: 10.5137/1019-5149.JTN.33484-20.3

Background: In the history of diagnostic neuroradiology, the invention of X-ray is an important event in the very early 20th century. The first application of X-Ray took place during the Greco-Ottoman War in 1897. This study aims to investigate the competition of radiologic development between Turkey and Greece in those years. Method: A literature review was conducted, and we searched the published papers about X-Ray using during the Greco-Turkish War in 1897. Results: The use of X-Rays in the military dates to the Greco-Ottoman War in 1897, which is an important issue because X-ray was first specifically used in this war. The radiographic images were used to show the evidence of pieces of bullets and shrapnel inside the bodies of soldiers. Conclusion: The experience of the Ottoman Empire and Greece is important for the development of neurosurgical radiology. Both Greek and Turkish parts used the X-Ray technology before any of the risks and adverse effects were unknown. More studies are required.

Corresponding author : Ayhan Kanat