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JAMA 100 Years Ago
May 11, 2005


JAMA. 2005;293(18):2290. doi:10.1001/jama.293.18.2290-a

The determination of the limitations and possibilities of the therapeutic application of x-ray is undoubtedly one of the important questions before the profession today. The whole subject of radiotherapy is one which appeals strongly to the imagination and to popular interest. Two years ago it was suggested that in time the use of radium would supplant the use of x-ray and the subject of the therapeutic use of radium was one which excited great popular interest. But radium has not thus far fulfilled its early promises as a therapeutic agent, and interest in it has subsided. With x-ray the situation is different. It is being widely used, and, it is to be feared, a good deal abused, and it is therefore highly important that there should be a definite comprehension of its field of usefulness.