The Bradbury Science Museum will display the Saul Hertz exhibit Tuesday – not Monday as previously stated here. Hertz was a pioneer in nuclear medicine.
“The importance of Dr. Hertz’s early work in nuclear medicine and his connection to the Manhattan Project convinced me this would be a wonderful Bradbury show,” Museum Director Linda Deck said.
Hertz discovered that radioactive iodine could be used as a tracer and diagnostic tool, as a therapy for Graves’ disease and thyroid cancer; radioactive iodine is the first targeted cancer therapy. He also was the first person to develop the experimental data on radioactive iodine and apply it to the clinical setting.
His revolutionary discoveries in the field not only changed the treatment of thyroid disease forever and saved many lives worldwide, but also paved the way for significant advancements in the nuclear medicine.
Hertz died in 1950; however, decades later, his daughter, Barbara, found a trove of historical documents outlining Hertz’s research. These documents include handwritten data charts, personal letters, published papers, newspaper articles and photographs that are now on display at the Bradbury Science Museum.
Barbara Hertz made it her mission to garner her father the recognition he deserved. With the help of scientists at Yale, Harvard, MIT, Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Hospital, she formed the foundation for saulhertzmd.com and commissioned his documents into a travelling exhibit.
The Saul Hertz exhibit is on loan directly from Barbara Hertz and will be at the museum until Jan. 31.
About the Bradbury Science Museum
The Bradbury Science Museum is open 1-5 p.m. Sunday and Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The museum is at 15th Street and Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos and as always, admission is free.