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November 5, 1938

Le traitement radiologique de l'actinomycose

JAMA. 1938;111(19):1792. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790450074034

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An excellent historical account of our knowledge of actinomycosis is afforded in this monograph, which deals with the localization of the disease and the various methods of treatment, especially with potassium iodide. Credit is given to Bevan for the first case in which treatment was given with the x-rays. In 1905 Bevan described six cases of actinomycosis treated successfully with the roentgen ray. Since then numerous authors have reported favorably. Fifty-two verified cases of actinomycosis treated by Forssell and his colleagues in Stockholm between 1915 and 1932 form the basis of this work. Forssell's technic is given in detail, both for x-rays and for radium. Radium was never used alone but as an adjunct to roentgen treatment. Cure was obtained in 83 per cent of the cervicofacial lesions and in 38.3 per cent of the abdominal cases. There were no survivals among the genital or thoracic cases. Potassium iodide did

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