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September 15, 1934

Radiotherapy in the Diseases of Women

JAMA. 1934;103(11):865. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750370069036

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As the author states, some books on radiotherapy are too dogmatic and optimistic; others express an unwarranted pessimism based on the disappointment of certain surgeons who seemed to expect that after a local application of radium every growth, however far advanced, would disappear, together with all secondary deposits. This pessimism has been accentuated by the unsatisfactory results of treatment in small institutions with inadequate amounts of radium, especially when applied in an amateur fashion. Attention is called to the requisite of much specialized knowledge and suitable apparatus. The present work attempts to state an authoritative, unbiased opinion on the value of radiation therapy in gynecology. In spite of the existing lack of agreement on the optimum time factor, the optimum intensity and the optimum dose, it is none the less true that radiation therapy has already revolutionized the treatment of many types of cancer, and there is little doubt that

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