JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
The determination of the limitations and possibilities of the therapeutic
application of x-ray is undoubtedly one of the important
questions before the profession today. The whole subject of radiotherapy is
one which appeals strongly to the imagination and to popular interest. Two
years ago it was suggested that in time the use of radium would supplant the
use of x-ray and the subject of the therapeutic use
of radium was one which excited great popular interest. But radium has not
thus far fulfilled its early promises as a therapeutic agent, and interest
in it has subsided. With x-ray the situation is different.
It is being widely used, and, it is to be feared, a good deal abused, and
it is therefore highly important that there should be a definite comprehension
of its field of usefulness.
THE CURE OF CANCER BY X-RAY.. JAMA. 2005;293(18):2290. doi:10.1001/jama.293.18.2290-a