If you were to ask a stranger the question “What is a medical physicist?” in the early 1900s, you would be greeted with a blank or confused expression. Today (based on anecdotal evidence) that reaction has not evolved. But ask them who Marie Curie is…
Coinciding with the birthday of Marie Curie, 7 November is the International Day of Medical Physics and a time to celebrate our medical physicists. So if there is one in your vicinity, give them a hug – they deserve it!
Pneumonia kills more children worldwide than malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis combined. This is surprising given that treatment for pneumonia is relatively simple. In rich countries survival rates are very high, but in remote areas or poor countries without access to medicine and technology, pneumonia can become deadly.
I’m writing this post from Room 7 of the paediatric emergency ward of l’Hopitale Sud in Rennes, France. It’s my fifth day spent in the room, distantly separated from my holiday luggage. It might seem like a strange priority, writing a piece for physicsfocus at this juncture, but there’s not a lot to do in […]