Elizabeth <I>Fleischman</I> Aschheim


Elizabeth Fleischman Aschheim

Placerville, El Dorado County, California, USA
Death 3 Aug 1905 (aged 38)
San Francisco County, California, USA
Burial Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA
Memorial ID 31945623 View Source
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One of the first women to work with x-ray technology professionally, she was also the first woman to die from the effects of radiation from working with x-rays.

Exact details of her life are disputed, but it is believed she was the second of six children in her family, all six of whom went to school. Elizabeth was going to be a book-keeper, but after moving in with her sister and brother-in-law, who happened to be a doctor who introduced her to the x-ray technology, she fell in love and devoted the rest of her life to the science of it. From helping wounded soldiers in the Spanish American War to later helping dental patients, she never slowed down. In 1904, her arm was amputated from the effects of radiation exposure, but it did not stop the cancer which spread and she died a year later. Her obituary appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle.


Aged 38 years. " I believe that I have done some good in this world"


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  • Created by: Diane Reich
  • Added: 4 Dec 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 31945623
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Fleischman Aschheim (5 Mar 1867–3 Aug 1905), Find a Grave Memorial ID 31945623, citing Salem Memorial Park and Garden, Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA ; Maintained by Diane Reich (contributor 40197331) .