Abbott E. Kay
|A. E. Kay|
|Born||18 December 1873|
|Died||5 March 1944 (70) |
|Alma mater||Jenner Medical College (1895-97); University of Illinois, College of Medicine (1899)|
Abbott Elliott Kay (December 18, 1873 - March 5, 1944) was an American physician and self-declared radiologist, a proponent of radium therapy, toward which end he was co-founder of Aaban Radium Co. (with Robert T. Nelson), and later a promoter of Charles Fensky's Audiophone (Radium Ear). Kay has been claimed as the discoverer of "Vrilium" (in particular by Martin Gardner in Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science), though more likely that promotional work was purely a product of his former partner Nelson's efforts.
In his later years, Kay was institutionalised at the Elgin State Hospital, said to be possessed of a "paranoid state with schizophrenic features."
- Holmes III, Robert Wendell (2010), "The First Commercial Radium Medicines", Substance of the Sun: The Cultural History of Radium Medicines in America, University of Texas at Austin, https://repositories.lib.utexas.edu/bitstream/handle/2152/ETD-UT-2010-08-1603/HOLMES-DISSERTATION.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
- Holmes, Substance of the Sun, p. 123