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January 7, 1928

X-Rays and Radium in the Treatment of Diseases of the Skin.

JAMA. 1928;90(1):55. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02690280059032

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Since the appearance of the first edition of MacKee's book, in 1921, the volume has been considered among the most important contributions made by American dermatologists to the literature of the specialty. A perusal of the second edition strengthens this conviction. The present volume has been enlarged by the addition of about 200 pages and is a thoroughly modernized presentation of the biology and physics of the roentgen ray and radium and their therapeutic application to diseases of the skin. The development of modern roentgen-ray technic with the Coolidge tube, using interrupterless transformers and the indirect method of computing dosage is inseparably linked with the name of MacKee. The method has stood the test of time, it has proved itself safe and adaptable to any interrupterless transformer, and it can be easily applied by even the beginner in roentgenotherapy when checked by biologic effects. The personal equation is all but

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