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July 11, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XLI(2):107-108. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.04470040035020

The suggestion offered in our editorial some months ago1 that the radium radiations would prove of value in malignant disease appears to have been realized. A cable press report from Vienna at the end of last week announced the radical cure by a series of exposures to the rays of the new metal radium of a patient 61 years of age who had long suffered from cancer of the upper lip which had finally invaded the palate and seemed hopeless of further relief. The report of the case which was under observation in Professor Gussenbauer's clinic for several years was read before a recent meeting of the Imperial Academy of Sciences at Vienna. Only a small portion of radium was employed, something less than a sixth of a grain of the bromid salt, which is the most powerful in its radio-activity of any of the salts of the metal

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