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September 24, 1938

Siebzehn Jahre Strahlentherapie der Krebse; Zürcher Erfahrungen, 1919—1935

JAMA. 1938;111(13):1238. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790390094041

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This book gives a survey of 2,529 patients admitted for radiation therapy during the years 1919 to 1935 in the Roentgen Institute of the University of Zurich. This institute functions as the central radiotherapeutic unit for a large part of Switzerland. The book represents an important contribution to the radiologic literature, as it gives a critical and honest cross section showing the radiotherapeutic possibilities up to the time of publication in an unselected material in which only 1.7 per cent of patients were not followed. Every case admitted to the institute is accounted for. The cases treated by the authors were particularly unfavorable for therapy because the most favorable lesions for radiation therapy, such as carcinomas of the skin and cervix, represent only a small minority of their cases. Most of these lesions were treated in the gynecologic and dermatologic clinics. Most of the cases in general were in a

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