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August 3, 1940


JAMA. 1940;115(5):384-385. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.72810310025010

The Council on Physical Therapy has long considered the practicability of investigating roentgen apparatus. The radiologists asked by the Council to serve as consultants in considering this question are of the opinion that, while there is no gross imposition on the part of American manufacturers of roentgen apparatus against which radiologists need protection, there are many dangers connected with the use of roentgen apparatus by physicians who know very little about it. The following statements summarize the opinions of the consultants:

Modern "shock-proof" and "ray-proof" roentgen ray apparatus is available in a size and at a price that makes roentgenoscopy and roentgenography attainable for almost any doctor. The trained radiologist has sufficient knowledge of the physics and engineering of his specialty to protect himself (if he will) against poor equipment made by a careless or incompetent manufacturer. However, the physician not so trained may need protection by official inspection of

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