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July 9, 1910


JAMA. 1910;55(2):97-100. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330020001001

I have long felt that the study of so novel and extraordinary an agent as radium should not be left exclusively to the student of physics or to the dermatologist, but that it be given a chance to demonstrate the virtues residing in it, if any there be, in the field of general surgery.

During the seven years past, in which it has been possible to obtain the material, I have taken many occasions to give trial to it, and while knowing my endeavors to demonstrate its utility are far from complete, this much can be said, that without prejudice I have applied it in 500 cases of disease, from the large field of exclusive surgical work and have found enough of interest in its application to warrant my speaking of it in the brief time allotted to me here.

From the first I have entertained the attitude of extreme

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