X-raying the past
Paul Bland, Director of City's Postgraduate Diagnostic Radiography programme, has contributed to a major new monograph, published by Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA), which examines the pathological changes in the health of Londoners from the Roman occupation of the 1st century AD up to the industrial revolution in the 19th century.
The Museum of London had access to the remains of over 17,000 individuals and this book will help shed light on the changing lives of Londoners over the last 2000 years. The identification of difference in prevalence of disease between samples can be a powerful indicator of health and wellbeing.
MOLA approached the Radiography team at City to harness their expertise and the state of the art facilities available at City. The book is illustrated with high quality photographs throughout which are supplemented with X-rays produced by Paul and his team at City who were also able to advise on diagnosis.
Paul Bland said: "MOLA have a have retrieved an unrivalled collection of human remains through archaeological digs around London and gaining access to material like this was a fantastic opportunity. I have been in practice for many years but have never seen evidence of the diseases that these people suffered from such as syphilis, scurvy and rickets."
City's hi-tech skills centre has been offering a simulated learning environment to City University London radiography students since its opening late 2006. Unmatched in the country, the centre is equipped with the latest radiography equipment available.
Pic: A fractured skull from 19th Century.