My interest in carcinoma of the skin stems from a paper I read before the Section on Dermatology and Syphilology in 1938 on radiation treatment of cancer of the lip. Since that time much of my professional work has been devoted to improvement of radiation techniques and study of cancer of the skin in the literature and in seminars. When I began this career of active scientific study three years after entering dermatological practice, I inherited from my predecessors knowledge of the then standardized physical agents, radium and x-radiation.
I did not have to combat the doubters who stated that these agents had no scientific value, that they were dangerous implements that no one could control, and that sufficient dosage to cure a cancer would also destroy the normal tissues. Neither did I have to spend time educating the public that cautery, surgery, and zinc chloride pastes had been replaced
Lamb JH. ROLE OF THE DERMATOLOGIST IN THERAPY OF CANCER OF THE SKINCHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS. JAMA. 1953;153(17):1509–1512. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940340011004