Historad.nl – the unique website about the historical development of radiotherapy in the Netherlands Cancer Institute – provides more information than ever and comes to you in English.
In 2013 the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) celebrated its centennial anniversary. On this memorable occasion a special website was launched covering the historical development of radiotherapy in the Netherlands Cancer Institute, including medical physics and radiobiology, with many detailed stories and unique images: . It is a real ‘must visit’ for those interested in the history of radiotherapy and of the Netherlands Cancer Institute in particular.
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The British Institute of Radiology has produced a short film about the history of
radiology during World War 1. BIR past-
Find it here.
The Radiological Society of North America celebrated its 100th annual meeting in December last year. As part of the celebration their website has an article Preserving, Celebrating Radiology’s Revolutionary Road that you may enjoy. The RSNA’s dedicated centennial website is operational and you can find plenty of information there and on their main website
VERONA 18 OCT 2014
Dr Arpan K Banerjee -
Verona, Italy was the magnificient setting of the latest scientific meeting organised by ISHRAD.(International Society for the History of Radiology) This year’s theme was military radiology in keeping with the general interest in military matters generated by the worldwide commemorative events generated by the centenary of the First World War. The exact venue was the Officer’s Club adjacent to the medieval Castelvecchio an important historical landmark and medieval moated castle overlooking the river Adige in Verona. A salon in the grand setting of the Officer’s club was the venue for the exciting programme of lectures.
Lectures included Rene Van Tiggelen form Belgium on military radiology in World War 1 followed by Mario Reggio from Italy on special Italian Military equipment for WW1. Ambulances/trucks were converted into vehicles with equipment for developing films. Adrian Thomas from UK talked about Florence Stoney, the first woman military radiologist. In the afternoon Arpan K Banerjee from UK talked about John Hall Edwards the Birmingham Radiology pioneer and his involvement in the Boer War. Alfredo Buzzi from Argentina talked about Samuel Stuart Pennington and the Battle of the River Plate. The meeting concluded with a talk by Judith Amorosa from USA whose talk was titled Updating the events at the radiology department of Zhido Korhaz (Jewish Hospital ) in Budapest ,Hungary in 1944 an area which Dr Amorosa has been researching for several years.
Attendees had a chance to visit the Castelvecchio museum located in the site of
the fourteenth century castle and see its famous collections of medieval paintings,
sculptures and military artefacts. On Sunday a walking tour of this historic city
enabled all to visit the Bra square with the remarkable 2000 year old Roman built
arena (still the venue for large musical events today) as well as historical arches,
palaces, churches and squares including Piazza Erbe and Piazza dei Signori with
its statues of Fracastorius the famous sixteenth century Veronese physician and
poet( coiner of the term syphilis in his famous work-
All those who attended including members of the British Society for the History of Radiology enjoyed the lectures, convivial company and delights of this ancient city and participants all thank Mario Reggio for hosting the meeting in Verona.
The annual lecture at the AGM in February was a fascinating talk about the massively
impressive exhibition at the British Museum featuring state-
(Image courtesy the Trustees of the British Museum)
Reviewed by Dr Arpan K Banerjee, Chairman British Society for the History of Radiology
This year’s annual congress was held in Liverpool and again the British Society for the History of Radiology organised a successful session of talks attended by a wide range of delegates.
Opening the session was an interesting paper by Bland et al from the City University in London in collaboration with the London Archaeology museum. Traditionally the Moores coding system has been used to assess maxillary and mandibular development which are macroscopic visual methods.
The recent Crossrail project in London enabled the assessment of a number of children’s
dental specimens to be analysed from the Paddington street burial ground (1771-
The next talk delivered by Prof Adrian Thomas was about Charles Thurston Holland
Francis Duck delivered an interesting talk on the early years of radiology in Bath. James Gifford delivered a lecture on the new photography on 7Feb1896 at the Bath Photographic Society. A Bath instrument maker John Rudge carried out the first radiograph of a patient in the Royal United Hospital in March 1896. It took a further 5 years to fund a Xray service which just goes to confirm that service development was slow all those years ago and not a new phenomenon! Patience and persistence win the day in the end.
The next talk delivered by Dr S Patil celebrated the life of Charles Dotter, the father of interventional radiology. A professor by the age of 32, Dotter worked at Oregon U.S.A, wrote 300 papers and is credited with doing the first peripheral angioplasty. He was a polymath with a wide range of interests including flying , mountain climbing, photography and classical music and was nominated for the Nobel Prize.
The final talk delivered by Dr Arpan K Banerjee was on ‘Vesalius , Radiology and Art’. Dec 31 2014 was the quincentenary of the birth of the world’s greatest anatomist and author of one of the greatest medical books ever written ‘De Humanis Corporis Fabrica’ published in 1543. Anatomy has always been the basis of radiology and illustrations from the book along with the recently published annotated version to celebrate the quincentenary were presented and the relationship of these images to modern imaging techniques were shown with particular emphasis on new works of art generated by diagnostic imaging techniques which illustrated how art , anatomy and diagnostic imaging were all intertwined and and had gone round in a full circle.
In addition to the lecture session the Society as usual hosted a stand themed around Charles Thurston Holland the Liverpool pioneer. The exhibits and old books and journals proved popular with delegates and the society thanks Dr Adrian Thomas and others who helped on the stand for their contribution.
Dr Paul Frame has built up a museum at Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Tennessee
that covers many aspects of atomic and nuclear history: measuring instruments, particularly
those for health physics, are well represented but there is a wide-