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May 3, 1941


Author Affiliations

From the Rackham Arthritis Research Unit and the Department of Roentgenology, Division of Radiation Therapy, University of Michigan Medical School. The Rackham Arthritis Research Unit is supported by the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies of the University of Michigan.

JAMA. 1941;116(18):1995-2001. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820180001001

The use of the roentgen ray in the treatment of rheumatic diseases is not new. Soon after the therapeutic employment of roentgen rays in the field of medicine, reports of their effect on diseases of the joints began to appear. In 1898 Sokolow1 reported improvement of 4 4 patients with arthritis he had treated with roentgen radiation. Stenbeck2 (1898) treated 52 patients, most of whom he said were "improved." For the following twenty-five years numerous reports dealing with this subject appeared scattered in the literature.

Increased interest in this form of therapy developed about 1925 when Staunig3 reported generally good results from treatment of 400 patients with arthritis deformans, and Kohler4 stated that considerable improvement had occurred in 100 patients with arthritis deformans and spondylitis. In the following year Kreuzwald5 discussed his experience in treating 100 patients, of whom 87 per cent were said to