Radiotherapy did not arise in a vacuum. Doctors were well used to using electricity in the treatment of diseases and the new rays of Professor Röntgen were soon added to the repertoire of hospital electrical departments. This webinar will review the therapeutic use of electricity in the 19th Century and will consider some of the early practitioners, including John Macintyre in Glasgow, Dawson Turner in Edinburgh and Sebastian Gilbert Scott of London. Both diagnostic and therapeutic radiology were practiced by the pioneers, and it was only when Sebastian Gilbert Scott retired in 1920 that a dedicated radiotherapist was appointed to the Royal London Hospital. The practice of radiotherapy had reached a considerably degree of sophistication by the 1930s, and was starting to be placed on a scientific basis.
Adrian Thomas
Dr Adrian Thomas
Visiting Professor, Canterbury Christ Church University

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