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March 30, 1935


JAMA. 1935;104(13):1190. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760130140030

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Malpractice: Baldness Attributed to Roentgen Treatment.—  The patient had a small sore on the crown of her head which the appellant physician diagnosed as favus. He administered three roentgen treatments to her head. As a result of the negligent administration of the treatments, it was alleged, the patient suffered a severe burn resulting in permanent baldness of most of her head. The father, as next friend of the patient, his minor daughter, sued the physician and obtained judgment in the trial court. The physician appealed to the court of civil appeals of Texas, Austin.The physician contended that the baldness was due to the disease. He testified that the first treatment was for five minutes on the sore spot, the second for five minutes each on five different areas in the region of the sore spot, and the third for eight minutes on the sore spot. He and other experts

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