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December 8, 1906

The Danger of X-Ray Exposures.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(23):1932-1933. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520230068014

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Chicago, Nov. 28, 1906.

To the Editor:  —Dr. David L. Edsall's article in The Journal, Nov. 3, 1906, so overstates, in my opinion, the dangers from x-ray exposures that it should not go without reply. Dr. Edsall's article begins with several paragraphs devoted to an implied criticism at the tardiness of the recognition of deep-seated effects of x-rays and at the purely empirical use of x-rays as a therapeutic agent His opening sentence is: "In its relation to medical practice, one of the most remarkable things about the x-ray is the tardiness with which there was any realization of its power of producing very marked changes in other tissues than those superficially situated. "X-rays were discovered November, 1895. To cite no other illustration, as long ago as the summer of 1897, W. Stone Scott reviewed the cases in which deep-seated effects were thought to have occurred from x-rays without corresponding

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