Bringing New Life to the History of Radiation Oncology
One of Juan A. del Regato’s legacies is the vast amount of historical knowledge about the field of radiation oncology that he recorded and published. As a founder of radiation therapy, he knew and worked with many of the doctors and physicists who were pioneers in treating cancer with radiation. Dr. del Regato was passionate about documenting the history of radiation oncology and wrote two books, Radiological Oncologists and Radiological Physicists, which feature biographies of some of the field’s trailblazers, such as Marie Curie and James Ewing.
The ROI Juan A. del Regato Fund is preserving his legacy and ensuring that others can learn from it by making these publications available on the ROI website. In both the Radiological Oncologists and Radiological Physicists books, each chapter focuses on a different innovator in radiation therapy. Some of his other works, such as his Presidential Address to the American Radium Society, his Janeway Lecture, and an autobiographical essay on “The Unfolding of Therapeutic Radiology in the United States,” are also included on the site. The Fund is excited to share these important historical resources with online audiences, although they represent a small portion of Dr. del Regato’s collection of reprints, numbering well over 10,000 pieces, which is housed in the Radiation Oncology Department of the Medical College of Wisconsin for the use of scholars and researchers.
Be sure to visit and explore the Juan A. del Regato Fund section of the ROI website to learn more about this pioneer and the founding of radiation oncology and look for the ROI’s “Today in RadOnc history” series on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.