the British Society for the History of Radiology


John Blair was a surgeon who worked at Perth Royal Infirmary and as a medical historian worked at St Andrews and Dundee Universities. In 1994, he was the President for the Scottish Society for the History of Medicine and the British Society for the History of Medicine. He had a commitment and interest in promoting the study and research into the history of medicine.

The Congress for the International Society for the History of Medicine was held in Glasgow in 1994. The success of the Congress made it possible to establish a Trust Fund in 1995 to provide financial assistance to undergraduates with their history of medicine research topics. Today the Trust can award grants of up to £150 per student.

If you are interested in presenting a paper/poster at the next BSHM Congress in Edinburgh, September 2017, or entering for a prize given by the History of Medicine Society at the Royal Society of Medicine or to the Hunterian Society apply to us for the application form.

Sue Weir

Chairman to the John Blair Trust


“Relativitively” Speaking

John Hinton and Jo Eagle

Tangram Theatre Company

Join Albert, the genius behind the übercoolest moustache in science, for a lecture like none you’ve ever attended.  The eccentric theoretical physicist quantum leaps us through two world wars, two theories of relativity, and the deployment of two very big bombs.

“A masterclass. Genius, Mr Hinton, Einstein would be proud.”
The Sunday Times

Governors'            Hall at St Thomas’ Hospital
er Bridge Road, London SE1 7EH.
20th February 2017 at 7 PM

Light refreshments from 6pm. Annual General Meeting (BSHR members only) 6:15pm


Dr Arpan K Banerjee
onsultant Radiologist
by email at


Tickets are free of charge. A retiring collection

will be taken with a suggested donation of £5



100 Years of Medical Radiology, Adrian Thomas

The Story of Radiology, ESR     Pt1 Pt2

X-Rays in Medicine - the First Century

Early American radiology: the pioneer years, D J DiSantis AJR, 147, 1986

Preserving, celebrating radiology’s revolutionary road RSNA News


An Interventional Radiology Odyssey: The Story of my Life and Work
by Josef Rosch

Springer  2016 pp103

Reviewed by Dr Arpan K Banerjee  Chair  Brit  Soc  Hist  Radiology

Autobiographies written by radiologists are few and far between. Few radiologists have chronicled their  own life stories. It is therefore  a great pleasure to find this new  radiology autobiography written by a true giant of interventional radiology. Josef Rosch who was born in 1925 in Czechoslovakia  has chronicled his amazing life story in this slim volume. It is  a  delight to read and is  likely to inspire the next generation of interventional radiologists. Rosch  was inspired to do radiology by his inspirational radiology teaching during  medical  student  days having initially intended to be a physician.

Between 1954 and 1967 he carried out research on angiography in Prague. In  1967 he moved to Oregon on a research fellowship to work with Charles Dotter, the angiography pioneer. The pioneering  work on gastrointestinal  bleed embolization, thrombolysis, pharmacoangiograhy and TIPS( transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt)  and expandable metallic stents carried out there  is described. Rosch chronicles his friendship with Judkins, Dotter and Bill Cook (owner and President of Cook Medical)  amongst many other friendships.

He mentored  generations  of future leaders in their fields. The founding of the Dotter Interventional Institute in 1990 is described along with his subsequent new fellows and research which continued well  into his retirement years.

Rosch has had a brilliant career in this new field  and can lay claim to be one of the true pioneers of this subject. His phenomenal industry , prolific research output and work ethic come through in this slim volume. All who read it will be inspired by his remarkable story and  his outstanding  contribution to the new field of medicine.                                                          


History Sessions, International  Congress  of Radiology, Buenos Aires, Argentina  24 September 2016

The Sheraton Hotel and Conference Centre, Buenos Aires Argentina was the venue for the 29th International Congress of Radiology (21-24 Sept 2016) organised by the International Society of Radiology  a society founded in 1925  for the promotion of radiology knowledge and teaching worldwide. Over one hundred invited speakers from 24 countries delivered invited talks in addition to proffered papers and posters and an exhibition which was attended by several thousand delegates.

Buenos Aires , often considered the ‘Paris’ of Latin America was a wonderful  venue for an international conference. The city with its magnificent  boulevards (avenue Julio 9 is one of the widest boulevards in the world), beautiful parks, statues,  a mixture of architecture  old including the Casa Rosada (with European influences) and new  skyscrapers,  museums,  bookshops galore  , shopping galleries and a famous opera house  ‘The Teatro Colon’ as well as traditional tango houses  and a recently developed dockland area provide the visitor with much to explore.

A wide range of radiology topics were covered during the conference including  a session  on the history of radiology organised with the International Society  for the History of Radiology (ISHRAD).

Read Arpan Banerjee’s report here





Registration for the BSHM Edinburgh Congress, 13 -16  September is now open at:

Book now to take advantage of the early bird rates. BSHM members and members of BSHM affiliated societies enjoy a further discount - if they   book now the 3 day delegate rate for the Conference is only £180.

Keynote speakers will include Philippa Langley , who led the successful search for the remains of Richard III, and the Guthrie lecture will be delivered by Professor David Watters from Melbourne. The Congress is being held in association with the   Society for the Social History of Medicine whose sponsored keynote speaker is Professor Malcolm Nicolson.

Please note that abstract submission is also open via  and will close on 31 May.

The congress has approval for up to 20 hours of CPD.

Dr Martyn Thomas

Secretary BSHM