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November 1981

Dermatologic Radiotherapy 1981

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Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(11):685-688. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650110007008

There is no doubt that radiotherapy has lost its former preeminence as a therapeutic modality in dermatology; it has been relegated to a much smaller role as one of many useful therapeutic options for a limited number of skin diseases. The last comprehensive study of dermatologic radiotherapy was published by the Task Force on Ionizing Radiation of the National Program for Dermatology in 1975.1 Its findings were based on an extensive computerized survey that had been answered by more than 50% of all practicing dermatologists. Twelve and one-half percent of the respondents found dermatologic radiotherapy indispensable, 67.1% found it valuable in selected cases, and 2.9% did not find it valuable. Only 0.9% considered it completely contraindicated. The survey also showed that 44% of the responding 2,444 dermatologists used superficial x-rays or grenz rays at least once weekly. I agreed to review this field again because some important aspects have

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