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March 25, 1939

PERIPHERAL VASCULAR DISEASE

JAMA. 1939;112(12):1182. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800120068028

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  In The Journal January 21, page 230, Ochsner and DeBakey discuss "The Rational Consideration of Peripheral Vascular Disease." This is an excellent study but should include the use of roentgen rays in the treatment of vasospastic conditions such as Raynaud's disease. According to some observers this method is of doubtful value, but according to others the same may be said of some of the methods described in this article. Those who have had greater experience in the use of roentgen rays for circulatory disturbances consider this a valuable modality in thrombo-angiitis obliterans particularly, and also in Raynaud's disease. A paper as exhaustive as this one, in my opinion, should have included a discussion of this form of treatment.

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