By JB Howell, MD; WJ Meredith, DSc, MSFIP; and Gerald Swinell, MSFIP. Price, $14.75. Pp 151 with numerous illustrations. Charles C Thomas Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill 62701, 1972.
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Although interest of the dermatologist in ionizing radiation has waned, it is heartening to see this new text. Properly administered radium treatment of skin cancer is highly effective and satisfactory, and the American literature is deficient in this area.
Dr. Howell, the senior author of this text, is a person of great experience with this modality. He is reinforced by two European coauthors who are scientists of stature. A very clear discussion of the necessary physics precedes the section on the Manchester System of radium therapy, a method devised and beautifully employed in Britain for several years.
The book is written with authority. It is sensibly, clearly, and briefly put together, and the text is accompanied by satisfactory diagrams. It should certainly be in the library of those employing radium, whether they are dermatologists or not. Others interested in skin cancer should acquaint themselves with this material in order to
Wooldridge WE. Radium Recipes for Cutaneous Cancer. Arch Dermatol. 1972;106(1):137. doi:10.1001/archderm.1972.01620100105038