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September 14, 1901

TREATMENT OF CERTAIN FORMS OF CANCER BY THE X-RAYS.

Author Affiliations

BOSTON, MASS.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(11):688-691. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470370018001e
Abstract

It is well recognized that cancer is on the increase, and reliable statistics made in various countries and extending over periods of years prove that the rapidity of this increase is surprisingly great. Any method of successful treatment, even though it may be limited in its application to certain forms of this disease, will prove to be a great boon to humanity. Further, as is natural with the advance in the application of science to medicine, the opportunities for the irregular practitioner will be curtailed.

Although I shall refer to but few of the cases I have treated. I hope to present enough to have the reader share my opinion, namely, that in the x-rays we have an agent which causes superficial external forms of cancer to heal; and this may be done without pain to the patient.

From the standpoint of treatment by the x-rays, cancers may be divided

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