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Archived 22 December 2021
Report on the British Society for the History of Radiology Annual lecture 2021
The video of the complete lecture is now available on Youtube. Click here to watch.
By Dr Arpan K Banerjee Past Chair and current trustee BSHR
Due to the current Covid pandemic this year’s annual lecture was delivered as a virtual event on Monday 8 Feb 2021. Dr Uwe Busch a distinguished radiology historian , author and the current director of the Rontgen Museum in Remscheid – Lennep , Germany delivered a talk entitled ‘New results on biographical research on W C Rontgen’ .
The first half of the talk was devoted to the Rontgen family tree and we learnt about his ancestors who were successful cloth merchants. Lennep was a small town whose history goes back to the 12 th century and many were farmers in this Bergishland region and then worked in the cloth trade before industrialisation occurred. We were given a detailed review of Rontgen’s lineage. Rontgen was born in the house bought by his grandfather which today has been preserved for posterity.
In the second half of the talk research from Rontgen’s estate and collections in the Rontgen museum were presented. Rontgen left behind over 1800 letters and documents as well as around 2000 glass plates. Of particular interest was his first paper on X-Rays and the people he sent this paper to which included the great and the good of the physicists of his era. In the UK, Arthur Schuster from Manchester and Lord Rayleigh and J J Thompson ( discoverer of the electron ) at Cambridge and Lord Kelvin in Glasgow were all on his list of recipients.
This section of the talk also covered his marriage to Bertha and included illustrations from Rontgen’s extensive photograph collection. Photography was a major hobby of Rontgen’s and the pictures of old Wurzburg which were shown to the audience were a wonderful evocation of what the place was like in his era.
The lecture was well received by the virtual on line audience and Dr Busch was thanked for his wonderful, scholarly informative presentation.
Archived 3 August 2021
BBC World Service Forum 3 June 2021 -- X-rays: New ways of seeing
The discovery of X-rays by the German scientist Wilhelm Roentgen in 1895 was nothing short of ground-breaking, opening up a new era in medicine. For the first time, doctors could see inside the human body without the need for surgery, and diagnose many more living patients.
X-rays had major implications for physics as well, allowing scientists to study the structure and arrangement of molecules. Within wider society, they inspired artists to explore what these new rays could tell us about the representation of reality. It wasn’t long before X-rays were being used to scan baggage, in airport security and even in shoe shops to measure feet before exposure to radiation was properly understood. Huge strides in X-ray technology have given us the type of modern scans that are used today to detect conditions such as cancer.
Joining Bridget Kendall are Drs Adrian Thomas and Arpan Banerjee, both radiologists who’ve collaborated on publications about the history of X-rays, and artist Susan Aldworth who’s used brain scans in her work to investigate the nature of identity.
Listen to the recording at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programm
The British Society for the History of Medicine Biennial Congress -- archived 31/5/21
Diamond Building – The University of Sheffield
Wednesday 15th - Saturday 18th September 2021
History of Medicine in the Workplace
History of Pandemics
History of Nursing
Innovation in Medical Engineering
Abstract submissions on these themes and General Topics are welcome. The closing date for receipt of abstracts is the 31st May 2021. If research has been delayed owing to restricted access to libraries, archives or other resources, this may be stated in abstract submissions where relevant.
For Congress information and booklet, registration, abstract submission and accommodation please go to https://bshm.org.uk/congress-2021/
WEBINAR THURSDAY 2 JULY 2020 -- archived 26/5/21
Presentations selected from the submitted abstracts on the history of imaging(click title for slides):
History and evolution of Artificial Intelligence -
Early chest radiology pioneers and the beginnings of chest radiology -
Miss Marion Frank (1920 -
Kathleen Clara Clark (1896-
RECENT INTEREST archived 26/5/21
Francis Duck. Scope 29(2) Summer 2020. 32–35 ‘The Radium Boss -
Edwin Aird. Scope 29(3) Autumn 2020. 22-
Past issues of SCOPE have featured several other articles of interest. These issues may be browsed free through this link