The Bulletin - Spring 2005


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 medicine.

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.

Alumnus Profile: Philip 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 ago.

Dr. Mackowiak
Dr. 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.







             Larry Pitrof
Medical Editor:
             Morton M. Krieger, '52
Art Director:
             Nancy Johnston