This reading also revealed how new tests and machines, such as the X-ray and the new urinalysis, forced many patients to become dependent on hospital care as opposed to care at home. X-rays and lab equipment were near impossible or inconvenient to bring to the home so, despite transportation issues, most patients needed to be in a hospital for these tests.
It was also strange to learn that women were less likely to receive X-rays than men. The author suggest it may be the result of the different lifestyles the two genders led, citing facts such as men were more likely to be hospitalized for trauma than women. Still, with the unsafe nature of the X-ray it was suggested that maybe physicians assumed women would react badly to the scary machine and possibly pursue legal action on the hospital. This is plausible with the given example of the women and her child getting knocked down by a spark from the machine, but it still shows the sexist assumptions of the times. Aside from the negatives, these tests and machines allowed the physician to further objectify himself from body examinations and improve diagnoses.