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May 4, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(18):1530. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520440062007

Examples attesting the dangers due to the unskillful use of the x-ray are becoming of rather disconcerting frequency. Here we read of the inhibition of muscular action; there of the appearance of indolent malodorous ulcers which take many months to heal. All will recall the fate of Dr. Weigel of Rochester, who was so injured during his experiments that first three fingers of his left hand had to be amputated, then his left hand, then his left arm at the elbow and later at the shoulder. Death, however, was inevitable.

The death of Wolfram C. Fuchs, of Chicago, on April 24, is the most recent in a dreadful series of disasters which must be attributed to the x-ray. Mr. Fuchs first became afflicted in 1905, and in the fall of that year the first joint of the right thumb was removed; from that time to his death he

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