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April 2, 1938

Radiation Therapy: Its Use in the Treatment of Benign and Malignant Conditions

JAMA. 1938;110(14):1137-1138. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790140069033

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The volume opens with a short survey of the historical development of radiation therapy, including radium and x-rays, the physics of x-rays and radium, descriptions of types of apparatus for the production of x-rays and their measurement, and the use of electric currents as a substitute for scalpel surgery in cutting and coagulating tissues. There then follows a chapter on irradiation in dermatology, which includes the treatment of infectious diseases of the skin and of superficial neoplasms. The remainder of the volume deals with the irradiation of tumors, the classification being based on a regional arrangement, the tumors in each organ or tissue being taken up separately. Extensive bibliographies are attached to each chapter, and the different types of tumors in different situations are copiously illustrated with photographic reproductions of the patients and photomicrographs of the tumors.

The volume contains an immense amount of useful information in compact form, but

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