The Relative Value of Radiotherapy in the Treatment of Cancers in the Upper Air Passages

Mr William Douglas Harmer gave his lecture on the 5th of November 1931 at the Royal Society of Medicine. His talk highlighted the importance of increasing the availability of radiation therapy, increased training for identifying patients suitable for treatment, and the joint care of patients by clinicians and radiation experts.

Journal article version of the lecture

Douglas Harmer was born in Norfolk, England, on the 25th of August 1873. One of his jobs during his career was as at St Bartholomew’s, London, and it was here that he was appointed as warden of the medical college and was responsible for stopping the pre-clinical school becoming part of University College and, as such, ensured that St Bartholomew’s remained its own entity.


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