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June 23, 1917


JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(25):1904. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270060312015

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In treating the tonsil and soft palate with radium, it is necessary that the tube containing the radium should come in close contact with the neoplasm for a number of hours. It is impossible for the patient to hold it in position. When I am called to treat cancer at these sites, I have a dentist make a rubber plate to fit the upper jaw. At the back of this plate and on its undersurface I have a pure silver wire embedded. The wire is about 2 inches long and 1 mm. in diameter (Fig. 1). The tube containing the radium is properly screened (Fig. 2), and the wire is then wound about it and the whole then covered with a finger cot. The wire can be bent to any angle, and when the plate is in position, the tube, by manipulation of the wire, will come in direct contact

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