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October 3, 1925

ROENTGEN-RAY TREATMENT IN BRONCHIAL ASTHMA AND CHRONIC BRONCHITIS

Author Affiliations

PROVIDENCE. R. I.

JAMA. 1925;85(14):1026-1029. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670140012004
Abstract

This paper is not intended to be a presentation of anything absolutely new, but is rather a fresh emphasis on a field of radiation treatment that has been largely neglected in this country. The roentgen-ray treatment of bronchial asthma and chronic bronchitis has been developed chiefly in Germany. In fact, the available literature is almost entirely German. I know that some of the American radiologists have been using this treatment for years, but the value of the method has not yet penetrated the general literature.

Bronchial asthma is not, of course, a true disease entity; it has a wide variety of causes. The work, during the last decade, of Walker and his associates on the intrinsic specific causes of asthma has widened this field considerably. The present ideas with regard to anaphylaxis and protein sensitization have made the treatment of many of these cases much easier and much more hopeful.

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