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October 1, 1927

Röntgen Rays in Dermatology. A Handbook for Practitioners and Students.

JAMA. 1927;89(14):1173-1174. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690140069040

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This is a good epitome of the therapeutic use of roentgen rays. In the first chapter it considers the physics in rather an elementary way and sometimes, it must be said, with statements that are superficial to the point of being inaccurate. Then roentgen-ray apparatus and technic are considered in three chapters covering fifty-three pages. These chapters give the technic of continental Europe and are particularly interesting for comparison with that which we use. On the whole, it is the old rather than the modern technic. This older technic has some advantages. On the other hand, it has certain disadvantages, of which no recognition is indicated. Then follow chapters on the biologic effects of radium or roentgen-ray injuries, their treatment and other aspects. The latter half of the book considers specifically the treatment of various dermatoses. The therapeutic uses recommended are those generally accepted. There is, however, an optimism about

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