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September 26, 1931

Radiologische Praktika. Herausgegeben von Prof. Dr. W. Alwens, usw. Band XVIII: Einführung in die Röntgentherapie chirurgischer Erkrankungen.

JAMA. 1931;97(13):953. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730130057039

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This excellent monograph, as its title indicates, serves as an introduction to the study of roentgenotherapy as related to surgery. It is essentially a brief review of the literature, presenting clearly and precisely present-day thought on the subject. Unessentials and long discussions as well as technical details are omitted. The indications, dosages, usefulness and results of roentgenotherapy in specific and nonspecific infections, as well as in benign and malignant tumors affecting the various parts of the body, are discussed concisely and yet in a detailed manner. Emphasis is placed on the value of this type of treatment in acute inflammatory and suppurative conditions, as evidenced by the large percentage of successes reported in the management of these cases. The author prefers roentgen irradiation to surgery in the treatment of toxic goiter. The book is well written, presents its point clearly, and fulfils its purpose in that it stimulates further study

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