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Edith and Florence Stoney, Sisters in Radiology
This book explores the lives and achievements of two Irish sisters, Edith and Florence Stoney, who pioneered the use of new electromedical technologies, especially X-rays but also ultraviolet radiation and diathermy. In addition, the narrative follows several intertwined themes as experienced by the sisters during their lifetimes. Their upbringing, influenced by their liberal-minded scientist father, set the tone for both their lives. Irish independence fractured their family heritage. Their professional experiences, fulfilling for Florence as a qualified doctor but often frustrating for Edith as a Cambridge-educated scientist, mirrored those of other aspiring women during this period, when the suffragist movement expanded and women's lobby groups were formed. World War I created an environment in which their unusual specialist knowledge was widely needed, and the sisters' war experiences are carefully examined in the book. But ultimately this is the extraordinary story of two independent but closely bonded sisters and their abiding love and support for one another.
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"It will be of interest to a great many readers with very different interests, from those searching for little known yet significant facts to those who understand the pleasure of devouring the biography of two lives intensively lived. ... this book succeeds, thanks to the abundant documentation, the connection of the Stoneys' biography to world events, and the clear writing, resulting in a captivating biography that goes beyond the restricted definition of the genre." (Alain Touwaide, Doody's Book Reviews, December 20, 2019)