Dr. Saul Hertz, who discovered radioactive iodine as a tracer/diagnostic tool, as the cure for Graves disease, and its use in the treatment of thyroid cancer, was mentioned in Katie Couric’s interview with Pulitizer Prize winner and physician Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee. Dr. Mukherjee is the author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.
I consulted on Dr. Hertz’s archives and worked with Dr. Hertz’s daughter, Barbara Hertz, as she worked to develop exhibits and a research focused website. Ms. Hertz is dedicated to to making sure her father’s brilliant work is recognized in the cancer industry. In his own time his work was minimized or ignored because of his Jewish heritage. Dr. Hertz’s recognition by such noted cancer experts as Dr. Mukherjee feels like a very big win and I applaud Barbara for her tireless efforts to raise awareness of her father’s important contributions.
@ 48:42 minutes: As part of Ms. Hertz’s ingenious methods, she attended the Couric interview at the Aspen Institute.