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To the Editor:
—I wish to say how much I appreciate the editorial on leukemia (J. A. M. A.155:38 [May 1] 1954). There is an unfortunate misinterpretation of statements that I made in my paper (New England J. Med.250:131-139, 1954). This error was brought to my attention by a radiologist here in Boston. My original statement, that the results of radiotherapy are unsatisfactory and that irradiation may even aggravate the disease, has to do only with cases of acute leukemia and not with chronic cases. This statement was evidently taken out of context, and it should have been made clear that it had reference only to acute leukemia. It is true that we are getting away more and more from x-ray therapy, but, on the other hand, good results are frequently obtained in chronic granulocytic and chronic lymphocytic leukemia as well as in Hodgkin's disease. Many
Dameshek W. LEUKEMIA AND IRRADIATION. JAMA. 1954;155(8):775. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690260067026