Medical Practice

What is Diagnostic Radiology's Place in Medicine?

Br Med J 1974; 3 doi: (Published 10 August 1974) Cite this as: Br Med J 1974;3:394
  1. J. W. D. Bull


    The question that the title of this lecture poses must depend considerably on the attitude of physicians and surgeons. I have indicated the very low position diagnostic radiology holds in this country relative to our peers in medicine elsewhere.

    If its improvement is considered to be warranted, we must:

    (1) Interest medical students at the beginning of their career.

    (2) Bear in mind that radiologists are likely to be able to teach some anatomy but the reciprocal seldom applies.

    (3) Obtain chairs in radiology, which are desperately needed.

    (4) Obtain the acceptance by the medical establishment of the proper place of radiology in clinical medicine.

    (5) See to the reduction in numbers of unnecessary x-ray examinations.

    (6) Press for the improvement and enlargement of radiological departments with proper provision for expansion.

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