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December 30, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(27):2130. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740520040018

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The Radium Treatment of Cancer  The fourth annual report of the National Radium Trust and Radium Commission deals with the work of the past year and also summarizes the progress made in the four years since the commission came into being. There is now a network of seventeen fully equipped radium centers all over the country, and the organization, as originally planned, can be regarded as complete. The commission controls 22 Gm. of radium, which is slightly in excess of the amount recommended by the committee of inquiry in 1929 as sufficient for the medical purposes of the country. The present report states that five years must elapse before an answer can be given to the question as to how much value can be attached to the radium treatment of cancer. Hence it is not possible as yet to see what effect the "national" policy is having on the cancer

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