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August 29, 1914

THE PLACE OF THE ROENTGEN RAY IN THERAPEUTICS

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PITTSBURGH

JAMA. 1914;LXIII(9):747-751. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570090033009
Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to present in abstract form certain information concerning Roentgen therapy with the essentials of which physicians in general should be quite familiar. That this is not the case, however, is proved by the questions so frequently propounded to the roentgenologist by his professional brethren, which questions display frequently a profound ignorance both of what may be obtained in the way of results by this method of treatment and the reason why such results may be expected to follow treatment. The deleterious effects of radiation on tissue (thanks to the unfortunate series of accidents occurring in the early history of the use of this agent for diagnostic purposes) are perfectly familiar to the profession; in fact, it was the occurrence of so-called Roentgen-ray burns following exposure for diagnostic purposes that first suggested that an agent capable of such destructive influences on healthy tissue might be

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