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If Kaplan had adhered strictly to his plan of describing only the actual methods of irradiation used by himself in his work at Bellevue Hospital and elsewhere in New York, his manual might be used with considerable confidence. In turning to cancer of the stomach or Gaucher's disease, one might disagree with the author, feeling that it would have been better to list these conditions as unsuitable for irradiation. Nevertheless, one would have to admit that the outlined treatment could probably do no harm, and it might be useful to know that at least one large clinic did attempt to treat patients with these conditions. Unfortunately, however, the author seems to have found it desirable to pad his book with extensive extractions from other texts and journals, and this has involved a good many frank mistakes, to say nothing of questionable judgments.
One expects mistakes in a first printing and
PRACTICAL RADIATION THERAPY.. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1931;47(5):824-825. doi:10.1001/archinte.1931.00140230151011