Medical Instruments Lecture: Changing Concepts of Radioactivity and Health

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 — 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Medical Instruments Lecture: Changing Concepts of Radioactivity and Health 

“Changing Concepts of Radioactivity and Health”
Lecture by Dr. M. Donald Blaufox.

 Light refreshments precede the lecture, which begins at 7:00 pm.

This lecture will review the uses of radioactivity for selected medical and commercial purposes and the events that led to the recognition of its dangers.

When ionizing radiation was first discovered it rapidly gained public acceptance. Radiation was thought to be a panacea and was used for the treatment of numerous diseases. By1921, the price of one gram of radium had risen to $100,000. Since the late 1920s and early 1930s the public's attitude towards radiation has shifted 180° and it is now considered an extremely dangerous and potentially harmful source of energy. However, even as late as the 1950s, there were still some items produced containing radioactivity, which today would be unthinkable. The “Buck Rogers Mystery Ring” of the 1950s was activated with radioactive polonium.

Dr. Blaufox is Professor and University Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Nuclear Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine as well as a former Chairman of the American Board of Nuclear Medicine. He is the author of 292 peer reviewed articles and book chapters on Nuclear Medicine, Hypertension, and Medical History. He has authored or edited 25 books; His latest books are Blood Pressure Measurement: An Illustrated History, and An Ear to the Chest: The Evolution of the Stethoscope

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The Museum is open at 6:20 pm.   

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