Saul Hertz, 1920

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Photo courtesy of the Dr. Saul Hertz Archives

After graduating from U-M with Phi Beta Kappa honors, Hertz received his Harvard Medical School degree in 1929. Overcoming institutional politics, financial pressures, stolen intellectual property, a world war interrupting his clinical studies, as well as the racism of his time, Hertz conceived and brought from bench to bedside the medical uses of radioiodine. This established the field of nuclear medicine and precision targeted oncology—a seminal medical discovery of the 20th century. Pictured above, Dr. Hertz uses a Multiscaler to measure the amount of radioactive iodine absorbed by the thyroid gland of a patient.

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