Turn-of-the-century Chicago physician Emile Grubbe was one of the first Americans to experiment with X rays. Unfortunately he had a habit of using his own hand to test the strength of the X ray, so he was also one of the first people to experience radiation poisoning. Grubbe underwent 93 operations to repair the self-inflicted damage, but he still lived to be 85 years old. Images From Within is an exhibit of 21 of Grubbe’s early X rays, most dating from 1901. Some of the images were obviously taken for medical purposes, others appear to have been shot for the heck of it: among the X rays of bullet wounds and fractured limbs are a few shots of objects such as rings and hairpins. Shown is an X ray of a child’s hands. The exhibit runs through September 14 at the International Museum of Surgical Science, 1524 N. Lake Shore Drive. Hours are 10 to 4 Tuesdays through Saturdays and 11 to 5 Sundays. Admission is free; call 642-6502 for more information.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): X-ray photo by Emile Grubbe.