This paper represents an attempt to summarize the outstanding clinical and laboratory findings in 850 cases of pertussis treated by the roentgen ray and observed through the whooping cough clinic of the Boston Floating Hospital. It supplements the original 300 cases reported last year by one of us.1 In presenting the statistical data, the entire group is utilized, as far as possible, but in certain phases of the work only the supplementary cases are given in detail, as the records and laboratory data are complete only in this group. That the roentgen ray has a real place in the therapeutic armamentarium for whooping cough can be attested not only by our own experience, but by reports from other parts of the United States,2 from Canada,3 and from several European clinics.4
There are certain points which have been brought out as the study has progressed. It has
SMITH LW, Bowditch HI, Leonard RD, et al. TREATMENT OF PERTUSSIS BY ROENTGEN RAY: AN ANALYSIS OF EIGHT HUNDRED AND FIFTY CASES. JAMA. 1925;85(3):171–177. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670030013004
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