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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-
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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-
Science Historian and Author, Oxford University
Dr Allan Chapman is a historian of science at Oxford University. His special areas
of research lie in the history of medicine and of astronomy. He came to Oxford to
do his doctoral research, and has been here since 1972, attached to Wadham College,
and since 2009, to Christ Church as well. In 2014, as part of its bi-
This exciting lecture will cover the early days of radiology and radiotherapy including Roentgen’s and Marie Curie’s important pioneering contributions.
ADMISSION BY TICKET ONLY, OBTAINABLE FROM: Dr Arpan K Banerjee Consultant Radiologist by email firstname.lastname@example.org NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 17, 2016 Tickets are free of charge. A retiring collection will be taken with a suggested donation of £5.
Annual General Meeting 6:15pm
(BSHR members only) Light refreshments from 6pm.