Benjamin Felson (1913-1988) was a renowned Cincinnati chest radiologist who was responsible for many of the terms in everyday use in the English-speaking radiology community.
Benjamin Felson was born in Newport, Kentucky on 21st October 1913 but soon his family moved to Cincinnati where he attended school and the University of Cincinnati, earning his MD in 1935. He then went on to work at the Cincinnati General Hospital first as an intern and then as a radiology resident (at the time a three year course), followed by a one year fellowship in cancer therapy at the Indianapolis City Hospital 1.
He joined the army in 1942 and from 1943-1945 he was Chief of Radiology at the 28th General Hospital in Europe. Returning home to the Cincinnati General Hospital as an assistant professor, becoming Professor and Director of the radiology department in 1951, a position he held until 1973, although he remained Professor Emeritus in that department until his death in 1988 1.
Some of the terms/signs coined or popularised by Dr Felson include:
- 1. Jacobson HG. In memoriam Benjamin Felson, 1913-1988. Radiology. 1989;170 (3 Pt 1): 897-8. Pubmed citation
- 2. Felson B. Humour in medicine and other topics. Find it at Amazon.com
- 3. George PP, Irodi A, Nidugala Keshava S et-al. 'Felson Signs' revisited. J Med Imaging Radiat Oncol. 2014;58 (1): 64-74. doi:10.1111/1754-9485.12031 - Pubmed citation