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November 27, 1915

CAUSE AND PREVENTION OF CONSTITUTIONAL SYMPTOMS FOLLOWING DEEP ROENTGEN THERAPY

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CINCINNATI

JAMA. 1915;LXV(22):1906-1908. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580220046015
Abstract

Since the introduction of the measured massive deep dose in Roentgen therapy, certain more or less unpleasant symptoms following the exposures have been observed. The symptoms are chiefly of a systemic nature. With the production and use of rays of greater penetration, these symptoms have been accentuated. These constitutional after-effects of the massive deep treatments are not merely annoying, but often become distressing and even dangerous. This is especially true when the patients are aged and debilitated or when the patient is cachectic, asthenic or toxic as a result of the presence of malignant, ulcerating or suppurating lesions about the body. The after-effect of the roentgenization is often especially marked in neurotic patients or in patients who have just been subjected to operative procedures. It is an old observation that patients suffering with alterations in the cellular content of the blood or with diseases of the blood-making organs are

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