Posts Tagged ‘History’

You’re Never Too Old

Posted on: December 6th, 2019 by admin 2 Comments

By tradition, Nobel Laureates receive their gold medals from the King of Sweden on 10 December, the day that Alfred Nobel died […]

Coming Full Circle

Posted on: November 15th, 2019 by admin

On Friday 6 January 1956, Allan Cormack arrived for work at Groote Schuur Hospital, having been appointed as part-time nuclear physicist, spending […]

Celebrating BME@50

Posted on: September 20th, 2019 by admin 3 Comments

Yesterday marked an important milestone for the field of biomedical engineering (BME) in Cape Town as it celebrated its 50th […]

War: A Harmful Metaphor?

Posted on: August 16th, 2019 by admin

It has become commonplace to hear expressions such as “fighting the war on cancer” or even “she’s a warrior intent […]

The Emergence of CRISPR

Posted on: August 2nd, 2019 by admin 1 Comment

One of the most remarkable scientific breakthroughs since the mapping of the human genome has been CRISPR, an acronym that […]

HHUS versus ABUS

Posted on: July 19th, 2019 by admin 2 Comments

Fifteen years ago, Peter Dempsey wrote a fascinating article on the history of breast ultrasound that appeared in the Journal […]

Searching for the Inner Sanctum

Posted on: June 7th, 2019 by admin

The double helix of deoxyribose nucleic acid (DNA) is one of biology’s most iconic structures, inspiring the design of staircases […]

In Search of Truth

Posted on: April 5th, 2019 by admin 1 Comment

The electrocardiogram – or ECG – fulfils the requirements for a diagnostic test: non-invasive, easy to record and reproducible. It is applied […]

You’re Grounded!

Posted on: March 15th, 2019 by admin 1 Comment

This past Sunday morning an Ethiopian Airlines plane, registration ET-AVJ, departed Johannesburg on a routine flight to Addis Ababa. A few hours […]

Disrupting the X-Ray Market

Posted on: February 22nd, 2019 by admin 1 Comment

It’s been more than 120 years since Ivan Puluj and Wilhelm Röntgen conducted their groundbreaking experiments leading to the discovery of X-rays. […]