William G. Myers: Nuclear Medicine Pioneer

William G. Myers, MD, PhD, (1908–1988) was a groundbreaking physician, professor and researcher in the area of nuclear medicine. After attending The Ohio State University for a marathon 39 consecutive quarters (during which he earned his bachelor's, master's and PhD), Myers remained at Ohio State as a research professor in medical biophysics. He was a faculty member at the Ohio State College of Medicine for more than 40 years, and published more than 200 scholarly articles during his lifetime.

Myers pioneered radionuclides for medical use and contributed greatly to nuclear medicine through teaching, research and publication. Over the course of his career, he introduced 11 radionuclides into medicine for diagnostic and therapeutic use, including cobalt-60 for cancer therapy, iodine-125 for in vitro tests and gold-198 for interstitial therapy.

This new Medical Heritage Center (MHC) digital exhibit brings to life Myers' significant contributions to the medical field, with information and images from the MHC archives and artifact collection.

The exhibit was created by medical illustrator Courtney FlemingMedical Visuals. We encourage you to scroll through the exhibit and explore some of the additional links and information.

You are welcome to include this digital exhibit in whole or in part in your scholarly research, website or publication. While no copyright acknowledgments are required for use, we request that you include the following suggested text: "The William G. Myers digital exhibit was created by the Medical Heritage Center at The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library."

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