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June 6, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XL(23):1577-1583. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490230027002i

Radiotherapy is, perhaps, the most important therapeutic agent in the history of dermatology. Its possibilities are at present far beyond human conception, as its influence on heretofore incurable diseases is now beyond experiment and is recognized and applied by some of the most careful investigators in the profession.

We are to-day obtaining more perfect results in many rebellious deforming skin affections than have ever been obtained by any other therapeutic appliance. The field which has awakened the most widespread interest, and gained the confidence of the profession, has been its influence on cancer.

The purpose of this paper is to assist in outlining its field of usefulness by giving a full report of my first fifty cases of cancer, personally treated by the rays, with clinical observations and management. As there is no standard of technic to guide the operator, such reports, coming at this time from different operators, from

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