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January 21, 1939

RECTAL ULCERATION FOLLOWING IRRADIATION

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Rochester, Minn.

JAMA. 1939;112(3):262. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800030072026

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  There is a discussion in the London letter on page 2316 of The Journal for Dec. 17, 1938, which appears to me not to take account of certain reports that have been published and the heading of which seems not to accord with the content.The discusser deals with an article presented by Mr. T. F. Todd on page 1120 of the Lancet for Nov. 12, 1938. The article in the Lancet is properly entitled "Rectal Ulceration Following Irradiation" but the title of the article in The Journal is "Rectal Ulceration Due to Cancer of Cervix." The latter article seems to imply that the subject is new, stating "It is only recently that it has been discovered that the radium treatment of cancer of the cervix uteri may produce chronic ulceration of the rectum."An article in which this condition was described was presented before the American

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