Stunning Resolution: The Diverse Ambitions of Diagnostic Radiology
Advancements in technology continue to improve the practice of medicine.
It could be argued that the most noticeable of these have occurred
in the field of radiology. Indeed, there have been fabulous improvements
since Wilhelm C. Roentgen, a German physicist, first discovered the
X-ray in 1895. And now the progress seems to be accelerating. If you
need proof, just spend some time with Dr. Reuben Mezrich, chairman
of Maryland’s department of diagnostic radiology and nuclear
Alumnus Profile:Maurice M. Reeder, ’53
Patterned for Success
In a strange twist of fate, Maurice Reeder, ’58, was denied
entry into a medicine externship program at Walter Reed Army Medical
Center in his senior year. Instead he was “exiled” to
the radiology department. The experience changed his life, setting
the young Reeder on a path to co-author Gamuts in Radiology in 1975,
one of the best textbooks in the field of radiology. The publication
was recently reprinted for a fourth edition.
A. Mackowiak, ’70
Setting the Record Straight
The most popular reunion event is the annual Historical Clinicopathological
Conference, which each year offers a modern-day diagnosis for a mysterious
illness or death of a prominent historical figure. The conference
is organized by Philip Mackowiak, ’70, an infectious disease
specialist and researcher who more than a dozen years ago brought
clarity to another issue: he proved that 98.6° is not necessarily
normal human body temperature.
Bulletin Recollections This is year 89 for the Bulletin magazine,
the oldest medical alumni association publication in the United States.
In addition to serving as the medical school’s primary communications
link with alumni since 1916, it acts as a bridge which connects us
to our past. This section of the magazine features snippets of past
issues, offering a look at our medical school 25, 50 and 75 years
Mackowiak is credited with debunking a fact so widely taken to be
gospel that it stood for more than a century—that normal body
temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.