Dr. Saul Hertz and the Origin of Nuclear Medicine: Genealogy, Challenges, Legacy

January 17, 2018 Boston Free
Dr. Saul Hertz (Courtesy photo)
Dr. Saul Hertz (Courtesy photo)

In the 1930s and 40s, Dr. Saul Hertz revolutionized medicine with his breakthrough research establishing the use of radioactive iodine (RAI) as the cornerstone of nuclear medicine. Used today, RAI is the gold standard of targeted cancer therapy. The son of Jewish immigrants, Hertz faced many professional challenges, especially anti-Semitism, with his contributions being falsely recorded, omitted, and trivialized in medical history. More than 80 years since his research began in Boston at MGH and MIT, his story, achievements, and legacy are coming to light.

Join Barbara Hertz for an illustrated talk on Dr. Hertz’s family’s origins in Poland, the social biases that impeded his due recognition, and how his medical legacy continues to this day. A special exhibit featuring research journals, vivid photographs, and correspondence as well as family heirlooms will be on display following the lecture and available for viewing through the end of March.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
New England Historic Genealogical Society
99-101 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116

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