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May 9, 1925


JAMA. 1925;84(19):1443-1444. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660450051033

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To the Editor:  —The advertising pages of the less particular urban daily papers run notices appealing to the vanity of persons with excessive hair in undesirable locations and promising relief without danger by the use of supposedly modified or improved roentgen rays not available to the general practitioner. Our offices, clinics and dermatologic meetings are receiving increasing numbers of persons who have been misguided enough to have superfluous hairs removed by this means. Their faces now disclose objective signs of overdosage not so acceptable to the patient as the loss of hair.It seems hardly necessary to state that, early in the experimental application of the roentgen ray, its ultimate dangers were quite unknown. Now that years have passed, new martyrs of advancing science are laid to rest following devastation of tissue repeatedly exposed to the bombardment of the rays. The dangerous sequelae of roentgen-ray exposure are guarded against by

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